dementia pugilistica

noun
dementia pu·​gi·​lis·​ti·​ca | \ -ˌpyü-jə-ˈli-sti-kə How to pronounce dementia pugilistica (audio) \

Definition of dementia pugilistica

: chronic traumatic encephalopathy Brain degeneration from repeated blows to the head has been known in boxers since the 1920s as dementia pugilistica, or punch-drunk syndrome.— Luna Shyr

Examples of dementia pugilistica in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And is there really a difference between dementia pugilistica and chronic traumatic encephalopathy? John Kass, chicagotribune.com, 22 Jan. 2021 Over the decades, it was sometimes suggested that dementia pugilistica might befall professional football players, too. Ingfei Chen, The New Yorker, 1 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of dementia pugilistica

1938, in the meaning defined above

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“Dementia pugilistica.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dementia%20pugilistica. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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dementia pugilistica

noun
dementia pu·​gi·​lis·​ti·​ca | \ -ˌpyü-jə-ˈlis-tə-kə How to pronounce dementia pugilistica (audio) \

Medical Definition of dementia pugilistica

: chronic traumatic encephalopathy Brain degeneration from repeated blows to the head has been known in boxers since the 1920s as dementia pugilistica, or punch-drunk syndrome.— Luna Shyr, National Geographic, February 2011

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