chronic traumatic encephalopathy

noun

Definition of chronic traumatic encephalopathy

: 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.

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Recent Examples on the Web Some theorized Brown is affected by chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), using video of a brutal knockout hit to the head by former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict in the 2015 playoffs as evidence. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 3 Jan. 2022 During a Tuesday news conference, Dr. Ann McKee said Phillip Adams, 32, had an extraordinary amount of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) pathology in both frontal lobes of the brain. Tina Burnside, CNN, 14 Dec. 2021 Phillip Adams, the former NFL player who in April shot to death six people before killing himself, suffered from the debilitating brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the doctor who conducted the brain study announced Tuesday. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 14 Dec. 2021 The autopsy report also noted that Jackson suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, more commonly known as CTE. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, 23 Dec. 2021 Jackson's family said researchers diagnosed him with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, also known as CTE. NBC News, 16 Dec. 2021 The researchers hypothesized about a relationship between head trauma and ALS because of a similar link detected between football and the neurodegenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Nadia Kounang, CNN, 15 Dec. 2021 The settlement also pays former players found to have Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, which can be diagnosed only posthumously. Ken Belson, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Oct. 2021 The settlement also pays former players found to have Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, A.L.S. and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., which can only be diagnosed posthumously. New York Times, 20 Oct. 2021

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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 25 Jan. 2022.

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chronic traumatic encephalopathy

noun

Medical Definition of chronic traumatic encephalopathy

: 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 encephalopathy— Jeffrey Bartholet, Scientific American, February 2012 [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, 6 Sept. 2007

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