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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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 The rate of syncope, or fainting, was found to be 8.2 incidences per 100,000 doses, which is 164 times the rate of fainting following the flu vaccine, the researchers wrote. Jacqueline Howard And Virginia Langmaid, CNN, 30 Apr. 2021 This is not an allergic reaction but rather a condition called vasovagal syncope, which is not specific to the COVID-19 vaccines, the CDC explains. Anushree Dave, SELF, 18 Mar. 2021 Participants who received the placebo shots were at slightly higher risk than those who received the vaccine of developing pneumonia, atrial fibrillation, and syncope, or fainting. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, 16 Dec. 2020 Brownlee has a condition called Vasovagal syncope that can cause sudden drops in blood pressure and heart rate. Matthew Wilson, USA TODAY, 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, 24 Mar. 2020 Hair-grooming syncope, which is fainting associated with combing or brushing of one's hair. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, 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,, 16 July 2019 Fainting – or what medics more technically call syncope – can be caused by a number of factors. Anne R. Crecelius, The Conversation, 20 June 2019

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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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14 May 2021

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“Syncope.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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