concussion

[ kuhn-kuhsh-uhn ]
/ 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.

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Origin of concussion

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

OTHER WORDS FROM concussion

con·cus·sion·al, con·cus·sant [kuhn-kuhs-uhnt], /kənˈkʌs ənt/, adjectivecon·cus·sive, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for concussion

  • They fall backwards into trenches, the camera jolting with the concussive force of the explosions.

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  • Completing the circuit, laughter of a particularly boisterous and concussive variety interrupted his fragmentary speech.

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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 forms of concussion

concussive, adjective
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Medical 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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Scientific 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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