whiplash

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

whip·lash

noun \ˈhwip-ˌlash, ˈwip-\

: an injury to the neck that is caused by a sudden backward movement of the head

Full Definition of WHIPLASH

1
:  the lash of a whip
2
:  something resembling a blow from a whip <the whiplash of fear — R. S. Banay>
3
:  injury resulting from a sudden sharp whipping movement of the neck and head (as of a person in a vehicle that is struck from the rear by another vehicle)

Examples of WHIPLASH

  1. He got whiplash when his car was rear-ended.

First Known Use of WHIPLASH

circa 1580

whip·lash

noun \ˈhwip-ˌlash, ˈwip-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of WHIPLASH

: injury resulting from a sudden sharp whipping movement of the neck and head (as of a person in a vehicle that is struck head-on or from the rear by another vehicle)

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