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)

Other Words from syncope

syncopal \ ˈsiŋ-​kə-​pəl How to pronounce syncope (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 At the hospital after the attack on the school bus, a doctor diagnosed Alex with syncope (or passing out), a headache, very strong stomach pains and nausea, according to a medical document shared with The New York Times. New York Times, 9 May 2022 There are many possible underlying causes, but the most common is a condition called vasovagal syncope, also known as a common faint. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 11 Mar. 2022 Losing consciousness while straining to poop is called defecation syncope, which is a kind of fainting that happens when your body overreacts to certain stimuli, according to the Mayo Clinic. Rozalynn S. Frazier, SELF, 10 Mar. 2022 With reflex syncope, her body is unable to appropriately regulate her heart rate and blood pressure, leading to dizziness, nausea, and a loss of consciousness. Jeneé Osterheldt,, 8 Dec. 2021 Increasing intravascular volume by hydrating can help prevent a vasovagal syncope event that can lead to fainting. Korin Miller,, 15 Nov. 2021 Treatment: Follow instructions for heat syncope, and also remove excess clothing or equipment. Genaro Molina, Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2021 My wife has syncope (a temporary loss of consciousness caused by a fall in blood pressure)., 5 Sep. 2021 Heat illness can take a variety of forms, according to the Harford County Health Department, including heat fatigue, heat syncope (sudden dizziness after exercising in the heat), heat cramps, heat exhaustion or the most serious, heat stroke., 10 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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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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