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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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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.
He was the only man who was not out of his bunk, and he was jubilant in that he possessed no bruises to advertise that he had had a hand in the night's work.
With the exception of several bad wounds, the rest were merely severe bruises and lacerations.
Because I'm rather heavy and gobby, people's brains simply won't compute that I bruise like a peach.
Just a day before the body map took place, when her husband was still at Springview, Mrs Boyd took photos of her husband which showed only a fading bruise on the top of his left arm.
Give yourself a wack and no doubt someone will pipe up, "that'll give you a bruise".
Assessment of four different methods in subcutaneous heparin applications with regard to causing bruise and pain.
| Date: December 16, 2015 | Injury: Elsie suffers a large bruise to her head, by her left eye | What Scully-Hicks claimed: Elsie was pulling herself up on a toy kitchen, holding on to the doors when they opened and "she literally went face first down towards the edge" of the unit.
So if you bump your leg against a chair, you can easily break the blood vessels just under the surface of your skin and cause a bruise. Blood-thinning drugs such as aspirin and warfarin (Coumadin) can make you bruise more easily because they affect blood clotting.
Q I seem to bruise so easily these days--is there anything I can do to prevent it?