Definition of whiplash
1 : the lash of a whip
2 : something resembling a blow from a whip <the whiplash of fear — R. S. Banay>
3 : injury resulting from a sudden sharp whipping movement of the neck and head (as of a person in a vehicle that is struck from the rear by another vehicle)
Examples of whiplash in a sentence
He got whiplash when his car was rear-ended.
First Known Use of whiplash
WHIPLASH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of whiplash for English Language Learners
: an injury to the neck that is caused by a sudden backward movement of the head
Medical Definition of whiplash
: injury resulting from a sudden sharp whipping movement of the neck and head (as of a person in a vehicle that is struck head-on or from the rear by another vehicle)
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