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verb[WITH OBJECT]usually be contused
Injure (a part of the body) without breaking the skin, forming a bruise.‘the whole region beneath the rib cage was contused’
- ‘However, it was contused and bruised such that it was unusable as a conduit.’
Late Middle English: from Latin contus- bruised, crushed from the verb contundere, from con- together + tundere beat, thump.
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