syncope

noun
syn·co·pe | \ˈsiŋ-kə-(ˌ)pē, 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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Other Words from syncope

syncopal \ˈsiŋ-kə-pəl, ˈsin- \ adjective

Examples of syncope in a Sentence

syncope has been reported in a small percentage of patients taking the drug

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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 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. The Aegis, "Harford libraries open as cooling centers Friday and Saturday," 21 July 2017 The symptoms that precede syncope vary but may include sweating, nausea, paleness and abdominal discomfort. William B. Farquhar, Washington Post, "Have you ever fainted? This is what was happening to your body.," 17 June 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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syncope

noun
syn·co·pe | \ˈsiŋ-kə-pē, ˈsin- \

Medical Definition of syncope 

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

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