syncope

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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)

syncopal

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Examples of syncope in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of 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

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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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