punch-drunk syndrome

noun

Definition of punch-drunk syndrome

: 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

First Known Use of punch-drunk syndrome

1946


Medical Dictionary

punch-drunk syndrome

noun

medical Definition of punch-drunk syndrome

: 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 NoonanThe New York Times Magazine12 June 1983

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