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Contusion on head

A contusion on the back of the head

A contusion, or bruise, was a traumatic injury in which blood vessels beneath the skin broke. A bruised eye socket was referred to as a black eye.

Nausicaan prisoner

A Nausicaan with bruises

In August of 2151, Enterprise NX-01 went to assist the Earth Cargo Service freighter ECS Fortunate. When Captain Jonathan Archer asked first officer Matthew Ryan what happened, Ryan told him they were attacked by Nausicaan pirates but were able to fend them off but not without taking a few bruises. Later, the away team from Enterprise discovered that the crew of the Fortunate took a prisoner. This Nausicaan featured several bruises due to the torture and interrogation by Ryan. (ENT: "Fortunate Son")

In September 2152, when Enterprise NX-01 traversed a neutronic storm and the starship's crew consequently had to hide in the vessel's catwalk, a "few bumps and bruises" from the turbulence were the only injuries the crew suffered from during their transit into that part of the ship. (ENT: "The Catwalk")

In 2370, Quark was treated by Doctor Julian Bashir and Yeto for a potentially fatal contusion of his auricular lobe. (DS9: "Invasive Procedures")

Kes, injured by Kazon

Kes with bruises around her left eye

The following year, when the crew of the USS Voyager met Kes for the first time on the surface of Ocampa, she had bruises around her left eye from having been tortured by the Kazon-Ogla. The Doctor later treated the bruises in Voyager's sickbay. (VOY: "Caretaker")

On a planet in the Delta Quadrant, Kathryn Janeway and several protesters received bruises when security officers hit them with their batons. (VOY: "Time and Again")

By running a bio analysis, Tom Paris managed to identify bruises on Kes' neck as the result of a Vulcan neck pinch. (VOY: "Cathexis")

In 2372, Miles O'Brien's trachea was bruised by the Jem'Hadar Temo'Zuma on Bopak III. (DS9: "Hippocratic Oath")

That same year, Tuvok speculated that the death of Frank Darwin was the result of an accident involving a faulty circuit in a plasma conduit, a theory which was ruled out by The Doctor's analysis showing he had a contusion with a coup-contrecoup pattern indicating he was hit in the head with a moving object. (VOY: "Meld")

Tuvok with bruises

Tuvok's face covered by bruises

Tuvok had several bruises on his face after he was interrogated, later that year, by soldiers of the Mokra Order. (VOY: "Resistance")

In 2373, Quark suffered multiple contusions, among other injuries, after spending time with Grilka. (DS9: "Looking for par'Mach in All the Wrong Places")

In the writers' second draft script of ENT: "Breaking the Ice", Trip Tucker received a bruise on his cheek as a result of T'Pol hitting him while they had been sparring in the gym aboard Enterprise NX. Tucker had to receive treatment for the bruise in sickbay, Phlox applying an anti-inflammatory gel to the injury. Though Trip initially lied to Captain Archer that the bruise was a result of having become "a little careless inside a ventilating unit," Archer correctly suspected Trip had the bruise because T'Pol had struck him.

The term could also be applied metaphorically to describe a psychological wound. In 2365, Dr. Katherine Pulaski asked if Data had a circuit for bruised feelings. (TNG: "The Child")

In 2369, Aamin Marritza suggested he might bruise Kira Nerys's vanity by assuring her that he, supposedly "Darhe'el", didn't remember her until hearing her name. (DS9: "Duet")

In 2370, Bareil Antos suggested Kira stay at a Bajoran monastery to aid her bruised spirit. (DS9: "The Circle")

In 2372, Julian Bashir asked if his Julian Bashir, Secret Agent holoprogram bruised Garak's ego through playing spy, a role the Cardassian took seriously. (DS9: "Our Man Bashir")

In 2374, Kathryn Janeway recalled being chastised by Tuvok in front of Unnamed Starfleet personnel (24th century)#Janeway dress-down witness admirals|three Starfleet admirals]] at their first meeting, comments which bruised her ego but were valid ones. (VOY: "Revulsion")

In 2375, Benjamin Sisko described himself as having a bruised ego following a fight with Solok. (DS9: "Take Me Out to the Holosuite")

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