[kon-truh-koo; French kawntruh-koo]
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Origin of contrecoup

From the French word contre-coup, dating back to 1820–30. See counter-, coup1
Also called counterstroke. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. Injury to a part opposite the site of the primary injury, as an injury to the skull opposite the site of a blow.
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