What is bruise?

  • (verb): Damage (plant tissue) by abrasion of pressure.
    Example: "The customer bruised the strawberries by squeezing them"
    See also — Additional definitions below


A bruise, also called a contusion, is a type of relatively minor hematoma of tissue in which capillaries and sometimes venules are damaged by trauma, allowing blood to seep into the surrounding interstitial tissues. Bruises can involve capillaries at the level of skin, subcutaneous tissue, muscle, or bone. A bruise may be named by the length of its diameter as an petechia (less than 3 mm), purpura (3 mm to 1 cm) or ecchymosis (1 to 3 cm), although these terms can also refer to internal bleeding not caused by trauma.

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Some articles on bruise:

James Scobie - Trial
... to a note-book in witness's hand) within half an hour of making the post mortem I found bruises on the body a bruise on the left collar bone a severe bruise over the lips, especially the upper lip another over the ... There were two slight bruises, one on the head above the right temple, which I did not discover at the first observation, and the other at the back of the head there was an unimportant external mark ... Any of the blows which caused the bruises may have caused the rupture of the vessels, and so produced death from the shock thus given to the system the bruise on the back of the head was probably from a fall I think ...
Come Out (Reich) - Analysis
... of the piece, he says, "I had to, like, open the bruise up, and let some of the bruise blood come out to show them" (alluding to how Hamm had punctured a bruise on his own body to convince police ...
Pow-wow (folk Magic) - Quotations - To Remove Bruises and Pains
... Bruise, thou shalt not heat Bruise, thou shalt not sweat Bruise, thou shalt not run, No more than Virgin Mary shall bring forth another son ...
Bruise Pristine - Track Listings
... CD1 "Bruise Pristine" (Radio edit) "Then the Clouds Will Open for Me" "Bruise Pristine" (1" Punch mix) CD2 "Bruise Pristine" "Waiting for the Son of Man" "Bru ...

More definitions of "bruise":

  • (noun): An injury that doesn't break the skin but results in some discoloration.
    Synonyms: contusion
  • (verb): Injure the underlying soft tissue of bone of.
    Synonyms: contuse
  • (verb): Break up into small pieces for food preparation.
    Example: "Bruise the berries with a wooden spoon and strain them"

Famous quotes containing the word bruise:

    Now it is autumn and the falling fruit
    and the long journey towards oblivion.
    The apples falling like great drops of dew
    to bruise themselves an exit from themselves.
    —D.H. (David Herbert)

    Ah, little road, brown as my race is brown,
    Your trodden beauty like our trodden pride,
    Dust of the dust, they must not bruise you down.
    Rise to one brimming golden, spilling cry!
    Helene Johnson (b. 1907)