syncope [ sing-k uh-pee, sin-] Examples Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com . Grammar the contraction of a word by omitting one or more sounds from the middle, as in the reduction of never to ne'er. . Pathology brief loss of consciousness associated with transient cerebral anemia, as in heart block, sudden lowering of the blood pressure, etc.; fainting. Origin of syncope 1350–1400; Middle English
Late Latin syncopē
a cutting short, equivalent to
to cut) +
feminine noun suffix
Related forms syn·cop·ic , [sin- kop-ik] /sɪnˈkɒp ɪk/ syn·co·pal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for syncopal Historical Examples Convulsions alternate with syncopal attacks, and the patients suffer intense pain. The same vasomotor instability which shows itself in the tendency to syncopal attacks is apparent in many other ways. British Dictionary definitions for syncopal pathol a technical word for a faint the omission of one or more sounds or letters from the middle of a word Derived Forms syncopic ( sɪŋˈkɒpɪk) or syncopal, adjective Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin
syncopa, from Greek sunkopē a cutting off, from syn- + koptein to cut
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Word Origin and History for syncopal syncope n.
c.1400, from Late Latin
syncopen "contraction of a word," accusative of syncope, from Greek synkope, "contraction of a word," originally "a cutting off," from synkoptein "to cut up," from syn- "together, thoroughly" (see syn-) + koptein "to cut," from PIE root *kop- "to beat, strike" (see hatchet). In pathology, "failure of the heart's action," hence "unconsciousness."
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syncopal (sĭng ′kə-pəl, sĭn ′-) Of or relating to syncope. syncope (sĭng ′kə-pē, sĭn ′-) A brief loss of consciousness caused by a sudden fall of blood pressure or failure of the cardiac systole, resulting in cerebral anemia.
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