concussion

[ kuh n-kuhsh-uh n ]
/ kənˈkʌʃ ən /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. concurrently,
  2. concurring,
  3. concurring opinion,
  4. concuss,
  5. concussed,
  6. concussion grenade,
  7. concyclic,
  8. cond.,
  9. condemn,
  10. condemnation

Origin of concussion

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin concussiōn- (stem of concussiō) a shaking. See concuss, -ion

Related formscon·cus·sion·al, con·cus·sant [kuh n-kuhs-uh nt] /kənˈkʌs ənt/, adjectivecon·cus·sive, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for concussion

concussion

/ (kənˈkʌʃən) /

noun

a jarring of the brain, caused by a blow or a fall, usually resulting in loss of consciousness
any violent shaking; jarring
Derived Formsconcussive, adjective

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Word Origin and History for concussion

concussion

n.

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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Medicine definitions for concussion

concussion

[ kən-kŭshən ]

n.

A violent shaking or jarring.
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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Science definitions for concussion

concussion

[ kən-kŭshən ]

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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