chronic traumatic encephalopathy

noun

: a progressive neurological disease that is found especially in athletes (such as boxers, wrestlers, or football players) who have experienced repetitive, mild injury to the brain and that is characterized by short-term memory loss, concentration deficits, confusion, depression, behavioral and personality changes (such as an increase in irritability, impulsivity, or aggression), speech and gait abnormalities, parkinsonism, and dementia
abbreviation CTE

called also dementia pugilistica, punch-drunk syndrome

Note: The neurological deterioration of chronic traumatic encephalopathy is accompanied by atrophy of the frontal and temporal lobes and accumulation of tau protein in neurofibrillary tangles.

Examples of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This week, the late National Hockey League veteran Greg Johnson was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. Rohan Rajeev, STAT, 12 July 2024 Patients with this damage, called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, may develop psychiatric symptoms like anxiety or paranoia, or experience memory problems. Kate Cunningham, New York Daily News, 7 Feb. 2024 Hundreds of players have been posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain disease that has been linked to football. Justin Klawans, The Week Us, theweek, 9 Feb. 2024 Some say among the questions left unanswered with Simpson's death is whether the former Buffalo Bills star suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, commonly known as CTE. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 28 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for chronic traumatic encephalopathy 

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Word History

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

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“Chronic traumatic encephalopathy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chronic%20traumatic%20encephalopathy. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

chronic traumatic encephalopathy

noun
: a progressive neurological disease that is found especially in athletes (as boxers, wrestlers, or football players) who have experienced repetitive, typically minor injury (as concussion) to the brain and is characterized by short-term memory loss, concentration deficits, confusion, depression, behavioral and personality changes (such as an increase in irritability, impulsivity, or aggression), speech and gait abnormalities, parkinsonism, and dementia
abbreviation CTE

called also dementia pugilistica, punch-drunk syndrome

Note: The neurological deterioration of chronic traumatic encephalopathy is accompanied by atrophy of the frontal and temporal lobes and accumulation of tau protein in neurofibrillary tangles.

… it is only in the past decade that scientists have identified the problem in American football players. They have also been able to identify, on autopsy, pathological markers for the disease, now called chronic traumatic encephalopathyJeffrey Bartholet, Scientific American
[Dr. Robert] Cantu said that symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy include depression and erratic behavior, but he declined to speculate on any role the condition played in Benoit's final violent acts.Alan Schwarz, The New York Times
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