To injure without breaking the skin; bruise.(verb-transitive)
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Use "contuse" in a sentence
"Those weapons which graze the bone obliquely are less apt to fracture, contuse, or depress the bone, even when the bone is denuded of flesh; for in some of those wounds thus inflicted the bone is not laid bare of the flesh."
"In fact, at the root-of the problem are the exaggerated importance attached to credits and certification, the educational monopoly claimed by schools, the tendency to "contuse teaching with learning, grade advancement with education, a diploma with competence, and fluency with the ability to say something new"."
"-- Shoulder atrophy such as the general practitioner commonly meets with, is an affection, more often seen in young animals and it seems to be due to injuries of various kinds which contuse the muscles of the shoulder."