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BRUISE, med. jurisp. An injury done with violence to the person, without breaking the skin; it is nearly synonymous with contusion. (q . v.) 1. Ch. Pr. 38; vide 4 Car. & P. 381, 487, 558, 565; Eng. C. L. Rep. 430, 526, 529. Vide Wound.

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True is, mee also he hath judg'd, or rather Mee not, but the brute Serpent in whose shape Man I deceav'd: that which to mee belongs, Is enmity, which he will put between Mee and Mankinde; I am to bruise his heel; His Seed, when is not set, shall bruise my head: A World who would not purchase with a bruise, Or much more grievous pain?
In the days that followed Billy's swellings went down and the bruises passed away with surprising rapidity.
With the exception of several bad wounds, the rest were merely severe bruises and lacerations.
They carried him to bed at once, and after searching for his wounds could find none, but he said they were all bruises from having had a severe fall with his horse Rocinante when in combat with ten giants, the biggest and the boldest to be found on earth.
If you have a bump or bruise, cover it with something cold, such as a bag of peas or ice wrapped in a cloth, straight after the injury to limit damage and reduce the pain.
Q I seem to bruise so easily these days--is there anything I can do to prevent it?
Boiron USA has introduced Arnicare Bruise, an extension of its Arnicare line of natural pain relievers.
Amelia Clifford suffered an 'unexplained' bruise on her head after a stay at Prince Charles Hospital
There were multiple, evenly placed, zigzagshaped bruise lines on the lateral and anterior aspect of the left arm (Figure 1), continuing across the anterior aspect of the left shoulder, extending on to the anterior left chest wall, and running obliquely downwards to the xiphisternum (Figure 2).
Entries included three bruises across a person's chest, a large bruise to the left thigh, a bruise to the back of a left hand and bruise to a right hip.
Cut at edge of top lip Large cut to left forehead Bruise on top lip Several cuts at right top lip Cut between left eyebrow and forehead Several lacerations to lower lip Haemorrhages in Several cuts on both eyes, often a sign inside of mouth of asphyxiation Large graze on Several cuts at right of chest lower mouth One fractured rib Grazes, cuts and bruising on Cut on back upper arm, of finger elbow, lower arm and hand Grazes to left knee and shin Wounds to right shin The extent of the injuries suffered by police custody death victim Sheku Bayoh can be revealed today.