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[kuh n-kuhsh-uh n] /kənˈkʌʃ ən/
Pathology. injury to the brain or spinal cord due to jarring from a blow, fall, or the like.
shock caused by the impact of a collision, blow, etc.
the act of violently shaking or jarring.
Origin of concussion
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin concussiōn- (stem of concussiō) a shaking. See concuss, -ion
Related forms
concussional, concussant
[kuh n-kuhs-uh nt] /kənˈkʌs ənt/ (Show IPA),
concussive, adjective Unabridged
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  • A shell from his own army had burst near him, and he had been thrown down by the concussion.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • One or two men were struck, while others died from the effect of the concussion on their brains.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • But Dan blacked out, receiving some of the concussion of the exploding rocket.

    Shipwreck in the Sky Eando Binder
  • Beside him lay the heavy poker, bent into a curve by the concussion.

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Such was the concussion of the air that for a moment he was stunned.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for concussion


a jarring of the brain, caused by a blow or a fall, usually resulting in loss of consciousness
any violent shaking; jarring
Derived Forms
concussive, adjective
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Word Origin and History for concussion

c.1400, from Latin concussionem (nominative concussio) "a shaking," noun of action from past participle stem of concutere "shake violently," from com- "together" (see com-) + quatere "to shake" (see quash). Modern brain injury sense is from 1540s.

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concussion in Medicine

concussion con·cus·sion (kən-kŭsh'ən)

  1. A violent shaking or jarring.

  2. An injury to a soft structure, especially the brain, produced by a violent blow and followed by a temporary or prolonged loss of function.

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concussion in Science
An injury to a soft structure, especially the brain, produced by a violent blow or impact and followed by a temporary, sometimes prolonged, loss of function. A concussion of the brain results in transient loss of consciousness or memory.
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