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For initial treatment of a mild contusion, remember RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
  an injury that doesn’t break the skin but results in some discoloration (bruising)
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contusions contusion
"Contuse" is the verb form of this noun.
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  • For initial treatment of a mild contusion, remember RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
  • Initial treatment of a contusion calls for ice for 10 to 15 minutes every two hours, but after a day or two, heat may be helpful.
  • The night before, Paramedic (in Training) Lindsey Lee Wells had diagnosed him with moderate contusions and "sprained balls" after an exhaustive search of medical Websites.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Half was a purple contusion that hung in strips like a shredded mask.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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  • He left to a chorus of respectful good nights, looking more relaxed than he had in days, in spite of the pain from scrapes, cuts, and assorted contusions.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • While he examined her he explained about abrasions and contusions and the healing process.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • And most serious, the contusions on my brain.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • She had countless contusions and fractures.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Both contusion and concussion of the brain had occurred.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Dr. Halpin, assistant house surgeon of the City of Dublin Hospital, stated that the deceased had two lower ribs fractured and had sustained severe contusions of the right shoulder.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners

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  • Some sprained shoulders, wrists, and ankles; livid contusions; wrenched harpoons and lances; inextricable intricacies of rope; shattered oars and planks; all these were there; but no fatal or even serious ill seemed to have befallen any one.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Deeds of violence, brutalities, contusions, fractures; this is the work of the revolutions from Luther to Mirabeau.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • By the light of a lantern, he had examined himself and found: left clavicle fractured; multiple abrasions and lacerations of face and body, including deep cuts on the chin, back, and legs; extensive contusions on chest and trunk: a couple of ribs possibly fractured.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • The head had received a severe contusion, but he had seen greater injuries recovered from: he was by no means hopeless; he spoke cheerfully.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • Jones received this full in his eyes, and it had infinitely a stronger effect on him than all the contusions which he had received before.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Lydgate leaped and climbed, he hardly knew how, on to the stage, and was active in help, making the acquaintance of his heroine by finding a contusion on her head and lifting her gently in his arms.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • …before the passengers were well collected together; and a careful investigation being instituted, it appeared that the lady inside had broken her lamp, and the gentleman his head; that the two front outsides had escaped with black eyes; the box with a bloody nose; the coachman with a contusion on the temple; Mr Squeers with a portmanteau bruise on his back; and the remaining passengers without any injury at all—thanks to the softness of the snow-drift in which they had been overturned.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Lab reports show semen, and medicals show contusions and lacerations.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • Four other men, including two of the Algerians, sustained contusions.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Then those troubling eyes, the color of contusions, refocused on the twenty-dollar bill.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • Only spent a couple hours at most in the river; the contusions and lacerations are evident.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • Both arms were broken, along with multiple lacerations, contusions, I suspect internal injuries and a severe concussion.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • "Well, your head, except that you have one or two contusions, is exactly where it ought to be—on your shoulders," said my uncle, laughing.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Benjamin received a severe contusion from the recoil of his gun, which produced a short stupor, during which period the ex-steward was prostrate on the ground.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • We were suffering bruises, contusions, and flesh wounds—and we weren’t doing Igli any damage, Oh, he screamed like a TV grunt & groaner every time one of us twisted an ear or bent back a finger, but we weren’t really hurting him and he was decidedly hurting us.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • There are multiple fractures and contusions, some with open gashes in them.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • He studied the science of herbs, the science of unguents; he became an expert in fevers and in contusions, in sprains and abcesses.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The question mark is still the brain contusions.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • Plus more contusions than I care to count.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Contusions and lacerations are often attended with worse phaenomena, and with more fatal consequences, than fractures.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • People who know nothing of the matter conclude, if the skull is not fractured, all is well; whereas, I had rather see a man’s skull broke all to pieces, than some contusions I have met with.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • "—"Well, sir," said the surgeon, "then I shall not tire your patience; in short, within six weeks my patient was able to walk upon his legs as perfectly as he could have done before he received the contusion.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • No, no, people are not so soon well of such contusions; but, sir, I am not at this time of day to be instructed in my operations by a patient, and I insist on making a revulsion before I dress you.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • He saw the black and blue marks on Blomkvist’s face and the contusions on his chest.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Jesus, brain contusions, collapsed lung.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • I was once, I remember, called to a patient who had received a violent contusion in his tibia, by which the exterior cutis was lacerated, so that there was a profuse sanguinary discharge; and the interior membranes were so divellicated, that the os or bone very plainly appeared through the aperture of the vulnus or wound.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • "I’ve got some nasty bruises and contusions, and I ache all over.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • the bruise resulted from a contusion
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