dementia pugilistica

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

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

First Known Use of dementia pugilistica

1938

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dementia pugilistica

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

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 ShyrNational GeographicFebruary 2011

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