dementia pugilistica

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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

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Recent Examples on the Web Over the decades, it was sometimes suggested that dementia pugilistica might befall professional football players, too. Ingfei Chen, The New Yorker, "Exactly How Dangerous Is Football?," 1 Feb. 2020

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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 24 Nov. 2020.

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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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