whiplash injury

noun

Definition of whiplash injury

: injury of the cervical spine and cerebral concussion occurring in an automobile collision which causes forceful flexion or extension of the neck and violent oscillation of the head forward and backward or backward and forward

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“Whiplash injury.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whiplash%20injury. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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