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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun injury:


Injury is sometimes a misspelling of enjoy.

Injury is a member of the word family injure, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun injury

What does injury mean as a name of something?

Injury is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: injuries

  1. any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonyms of injury: harm / hurt / trauma
    • more generic terms: health problem / ill health / unhealthiness = a state in which you are unable to function normally and without pain
    • more specific terms:
      • brain damage = injury to the brain that impairs its functions
      • birth trauma = physical injury to an infant during the birth process
      • blast trauma = injury caused the explosion of a bomb
      • haemorrhage / hemorrhage / bleeding = the flow of blood from a ruptured blood vessel
      • blunt trauma = injury incurred when the human body hits or is hit by a large outside object
      • contusion / bruise = an injury that doesn't break the skin but results in some discoloration
      • bump = a lump on the body caused by a blow
      • burn = an injury caused by exposure to heat or chemicals or radiation
      • dislocation = a displacement of a part (especially a bone) from its normal position
      • electric shock = trauma caused by the passage of electric current through the body
      • fracture / break = breaking of hard tissue such as bone
      • cryopathy / frostbite = destruction of tissue by freezing and characterized by tingling, blistering and possibly gangrene
      • intravasation = entry of foreign matter into a blood vessel
      • penetrating injury / penetrating trauma = injury incurred when an object (as a knife or bullet or shrapnel) penetrates into the body
      • pinch = an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed
      • rupture = state of being torn or burst open
      • insect bite / sting / bite = a painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin
      • strain = injury to a muscle
      • whiplash injury / whiplash = an injury to the neck (the cervical vertebrae) resulting from rapid acceleration or deceleration
      • wheal / wale / weal / welt = a raised mark on the skin
      • lesion / wound = an injury to living tissue
      • wrench / twist / pull = a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments
  2. an accident that results in physical damage or hurt
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonym of injury: accidental injury
    • more generic word: accident = an unfortunate mishap
    • more specific words:
      • concussion = injury to the brain caused by a blow
      • mutilation = an injury that causes disfigurement or that deprives you of a limb or other important body part
  3. a casualty to military personnel resulting from combat
  4. an act that causes someone or something to receive physical damage
  5. wrongdoing that violates another's rights and is unjustly inflicted

Alternative definition of the noun injury


  1. Any damage or violation of, the person, character, feelings, rights, property, or interests of an individual; that which injures, or occasions wrong, loss, damage, or detriment; harm; hurt; loss; mischief; wrong; evil; as, his health was impaired by a severe injury; slander is an injury to the character.

Specialised definition of the noun injury

Glossary of sports

damage or a wound caused to a person's body (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / basketball

a situation when a player is not capable to continue the game due to physical damage


  1. Injury is electro-industrial / dark electro / EBM music act from Varazdin, Croatia. Born and conceived in the minds of Danijel Levatic and Jurica Majnaric.
  2. Injury is a thrash-metal band from Italy.
    • albums: "Unleash the Violence", "Dominhate"


Who is Injury?

Injury a.k.a. Starla Iscariot is a musical artist, webpage.


Injury: Damage inflicted on the body as the direct or indirect result of an external force, with or without disruption of structural continuity.

Phrases with Injury

Phrases starting with the word Injury:

  1. Injury Time
  2. Injury Current
  3. Injury Potential

Phrases ending with the word Injury:

  1. Self-Injury
  2. legal injury
  3. combat injury
  4. whiplash injury
  5. Insult to Injury
  6. accidental injury
  7. Needlestick injury
  8. Needlestick-Injury
  9. penetrating injury
  10. Add Insult to Injury
  11. Psychological injury
  12. To Add Insult to Injury
  13. Repetitive strain injury

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Injury

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Google previewThe American and English Encyclopaedia of Law (1900)

by David Shephard Garland, Lucius Polk McGehee, James Cockcroft, Charles Porterfield

An injury is a wrong for which the law provides a remedy.8 To injure means to do wrong or harm to ; to cause loss or detriment to ; to impair...

Injury means in general any wrong or damage done to a man's person, rights, reputation, or goods.

Google previewSmall Animal Critical Care Medicine (2008)

by Deborah Silverstein, Kate Hopper

INTRODUCTION Acquired brain injury is a common neurologic emergency typically caused by head trauma, brain disease (tumors, meningoencephalitis, hypoxic injury), metabolic derangements, prolonged seizures, or surgical trauma.

Google previewCore Radiology (2013)

by Jacob Mandell

Grade II injury is a superficial laceration (<1 cm) or confined perinephric hematoma, without urinary extravasation.

grade III injury is that a clot at the collecting system may prevent urinary extravasation initially, but urinary extravasation may ...

Google previewTrauma (2007)

Emergency Resuscitation, Perioperative Anesthesia, Surgical Management by William C. Wilson, Christopher M. Grande, David B. Hoyt

Injury is a global public health problem and the dominant cause of morbidity and mortality among the young, particularly...

Injury is the seventh cause of death worldwide (Tables 1 and 2), and the number one cause of death in the young ( ages ...

Google previewTrauma Intensive Care (2013)

by Samuel A. Tisherman, Raquel M. Forsythe, John A. Kellum

Primary brain injury refers to the immediate damage caused by the traumatic event, such as hematoma, contusion, and diffuse axonal injury. Secondary injury refers to ongoing cerebral damage caused by inadequate delivery of oxygen and ...

Google previewAnaesthesia, Pain, Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine - A.P.I.C.E. (2007)

Proceedings of the 19 th Postgraduate Course in Critical Care Medicine. Trieste, Italy - November 12-15, 2004 by A. Gullo

Head injury is a heterogeneous diagnosis encompassing a wide range of pathologies, including diffuse axonal injury, focal contusions and space- occupying haematomas. Primary brain injury is the direct result of mechanical trauma applied at ...

Google previewLippincott's Textbook For Nursing Assistants, A Humanistic Approach to Caregiving (2016)

Nursing, Nursing by CTI Reviews

Spinal cordinjury: A spinal cord injury refers to any injury to the spinal cord that is caused by trauma instead of disease. Depending on where the spinal cord and nerve roots are damaged, the symptoms can vary widely, from pain to paralysis ...

Google previewPathology for the Physical Therapist Assistant (2011)

by Catherine C. Goodman, Kenda S. Fuller

Primary injury refers to the structural damage occurring instantly after the traumatic event. Trauma to the spinal ...

Google previewNetter's Pediatrics (2011)

by Todd Florin, Stephen Ludwig, MD, Paul L. Aronson, Heidi C. Werner

Neurovascular injury is a common complication of supracondylar fractures. Although actuallaceration of the brachial artery is rare, ...

Google previewThe Whiplash Encyclopedia (2006)

by Robert Ferrari

Neuropsychological status after whiplash injury. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology.

Google previewDictionary of Health Insurance and Managed Care (2006)

by David E. Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP

INJURY INFANT: A person under legal age. Contracts made by infants are not enforceable against them and may be repudiated later. Special state statutes alter the above generalization and provide that certain infants may contract for life ...

Google previewDictionary of Military Terms (2009)

by U.S. Department of Defense

agents, heat and cold, hazardous noise, altitude, environmental, occupational, and industrial exposures, and other naturally occurring disease agents may cause disease and nonbattle injury. Disease and nonbattle injuries include injuries ...

Google previewMosby's Dental Dictionary (2013)

by Elsevier, Mosby

wound, n an injury to the body of a person, especially one caused by...

Google previewA Dictionary of Epidemiology (2014)

by Miquel Porta

It aims to promote health as well as to prevent occupationally related diseases and injuries and the impairments arising therefrom—and, when workrelated injury or illness occurs, to treat these conditions, and/or to promote return to work.

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View more videos about Injury Time, Personal injury, Injury Potential, Insult to Injury, Spinal cord injury, Acute Kidney Injury, Traumatic brain injury, and Repetitive strain injury.

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Quotes about Injury

Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears. (Marcus Aurelius)
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Scrabble value of I1N1J8U1R1Y4

The value of this 6-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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