Hematoma vs. Contusion

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Main Difference

The main difference between Hematoma and Contusion is that the Hematoma is a localized collection of blood outside the blood vessels and Contusion is a type of hematoma.

  • Hematoma (noun)

    A swelling of blood, usually clotted, which forms as a result of broken blood vessels.

  • 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.

Oxford Dictionary
  • Hematoma (noun)

    A localised leakage of blood from the blood vessels into nearby tissues, usually confined within a tissue or organ; especially, a local swelling produced by an effusion of blood beneath the skin, which may clot and discolor the affected area.

  • 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.

Webster Dictionary
  • Hematoma (noun)

    a localized swelling filled with blood

  • 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"

Princeton's WordNet

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