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contusion (noun) bruise.
When the skin, rubbing against something, is injured but is not broken, there is a contusion. When you suffer a contusion, your skin is injured but is not cracked or broken.
- The doctor applied an ointment on the contusion around the child's knee injured in its fall down the stairs.
- Contusions are mostly superficial injuries but they can be very painful and can become septic if not properly treated.