whiplash

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noun whip·lash \ˈhwip-ˌlash, ˈwip-\

Definition of whiplash

  1. 1 :  the lash of a whip

  2. 2 :  something resembling a blow from a whip the whiplash of fear — R. S. Banay

  3. 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

  1. He got whiplash when his car was rear-ended.

Circa 1580

First Known Use of whiplash

circa 1580


WHIPLASH Defined for English Language Learners

whiplash

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noun whip·lash \ˈhwip-ˌlash, ˈwip-\

Definition of whiplash for English Language Learners

  • : an injury to the neck that is caused by a sudden backward movement of the head


Medical Dictionary

whiplash

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noun whip·lash \ˈhwip-ˌlash, ˈwip-\

Medical Definition of whiplash

  1. :  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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