dementia pugilistica

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noun dementia pu·gi·lis·ti·ca \-ˌpyü-jə-ˈli-sti-kə\

Definition of dementia pugilistica

  1. :  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

First Known Use of dementia pugilistica

1938


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dementia pugilistica

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noun dementia pu·gi·lis·ti·ca \-ˌpyü-jə-ˈlis-tə-kə\

Medical Definition of dementia pugilistica

  1. :  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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