Contusion vs. Ecchymosis

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  • Contusion (noun)

    A wound, such as a bruise, in which the skin is not broken, often having broken blood vessels and discolouration.

  • Contusion (noun)

    The act of bruising.

  • Ecchymosis (noun)

    A skin discoloration caused by bleeding underneath the skin; a bruise.

  • Ecchymosis (noun)

    The leaking of blood into the tissues of the body as a result of a bruise.

  • Contusion (noun)

    a region of injured tissue or skin in which blood capillaries have been ruptured; a bruise

    "vigorously shaking the head back and forth can produce contusions to the soft structure of the brain"

    "a dark contusion on his cheek was beginning to swell"

  • Ecchymosis (noun)

    a discoloration of the skin resulting from bleeding underneath, typically caused by bruising

    "the infrequent association of bacterial sepsis with ecchymoses"

    "there are signs of ecchymosis"

Oxford Dictionary
  • Contusion (noun)

    The act or process of beating, bruising, or pounding; the state of being beaten or bruised.

  • Contusion (noun)

    A bruise; an injury attended with more or less disorganization of the subcutaneous tissue and effusion of blood beneath the skin, but without apparent wound.

  • Ecchymosis (noun)

    A livid or black and blue spot, produced by the extravasation or effusion of blood into the areolar tissue from a contusion.

Webster Dictionary
  • Contusion (noun)

    an injury that doesn't break the skin but results in some discoloration

  • Contusion (noun)

    the action of bruising;

    "the bruise resulted from a contusion"

  • Ecchymosis (noun)

    the purple or black-and-blue area resulting from a bruise

  • Ecchymosis (noun)

    the escape of blood from ruptured blood vessels into the surrounding tissue to form a purple or black-and-blue spot on the skin

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