punch–drunk syndrome

noun

Definition of punch–drunk syndrome

  1. :  chronic traumatic encephalopathy The most important factor in the development of the punch-drunk syndrome seems to be time spent in the ring getting punched in the head. — David Noonan

1946

First Known Use of punch–drunk syndrome

1946


Medical Dictionary

punch–drunk syndrome

noun

Medical Definition of punch–drunk syndrome

  1. :  chronic traumatic encephalopathy The most important factor in the development of the punch-drunk syndrome seems to be time spent in the ring getting punched in the head.—David Noonan, The New York Times Magazine, 12 June 1983


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