punch-drunk syndrome

noun

: 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

Examples of punch-drunk syndrome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By the fifties, punch-drunk syndrome was being described as dementia pugilistica and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Ingfei Chen, The New Yorker, 11 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of punch-drunk syndrome was in 1946

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“Punch-drunk syndrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/punch-drunk%20syndrome. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

punch-drunk syndrome

noun
: 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
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