syn·​co·​pe | \ ˈsiŋ-kə-(ˌ)pē How to pronounce syncope (audio) , ˈsin- \

Definition of syncope

1 : loss of consciousness resulting from insufficient blood flow to the brain : faint
2 : the loss of one or more sounds or letters in the interior of a word (as in fo'c'sle for forecastle)

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syncopal \ ˈsiŋ-​kə-​pəl How to pronounce syncopal (audio) , ˈsin-​ \ adjective

Examples of syncope in a Sentence

syncope has been reported in a small percentage of patients taking the drug
Recent Examples on the Web Brownlee has a condition called Vasovagal syncope that can cause sudden drops in blood pressure and heart rate. Matthew Wilson, USA TODAY, "'American Idol' recap: Judges say 'aloha' to some, 'aloha' to others as finalists are chosen," 30 Mar. 2020 Brownlee has a condition called Vasovagal syncope that can cause a sudden rapid drop in heart rate and blood pressure that can lead to fainting. Matthew Wilson, USA TODAY, "'American Idol' recap: Hollywood Week finale whittles competition to 40, ends some dreams," 24 Mar. 2020 Hair-grooming syncope, which is fainting associated with combing or brushing of one's hair. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Woman warns of rare condition after child's scary reaction to hair curling: 'Look it up'," 19 July 2019 After a child experiences hair-grooming syncope, parents should take their child to a doctor to assure there isn’t an underlying issue, such as heart problems. Dave Quinn,, "Tennessee Woman Calls Attention to Rare Medical Condition Triggered by Styling Children's Hair," 16 July 2019 Fainting – or what medics more technically call syncope – can be caused by a number of factors. Anne R. Crecelius, The Conversation, "Why do people faint?," 20 June 2019 Remember that an occasional episode of vasovagal syncope is likely not of concern, as long as you haven’t been injured in the process. Anne R. Crecelius, The Conversation, "Why do people faint?," 20 June 2019 According to the Harford County Health Department, heat illness takes many forms, including heat fatigue, heat syncope (sudden dizziness after exercising in the heat), heat cramps, heat exhaustion or the most serious, heat stroke. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Harford opens cooling centers at libraries; pools, creeks top places to beat the searing heat," 2 July 2018 The first description of a tubal pregnancy does not appear until 1604, when an Italian physician’s notes describe a 31-year-old woman who presented with mysterious abdominal pain, pallor, syncope, and death, all in quick succession. Joanna Petrone, Longreads, "Pregnant, then Ruptured," 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of syncope

circa 1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for syncope

Late Latin, from Greek synkopē, literally, cutting short, from synkoptein to cut short, from syn- + koptein to cut — more at capon

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The first known use of syncope was circa 1550

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13 May 2020

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“Syncope.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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syn·​co·​pe | \ ˈsiŋ-kə-pē, ˈsin- How to pronounce syncope (audio) \

Medical Definition of syncope

: loss of consciousness resulting from insufficient blood flow to the brain : faint

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