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contrecoup

[ kon-truh-koo; French kawntruh-koo ]
/ ˈkɒn trəˌku; French kɔ̃trəˈku /
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noun Medicine/Medical.

an injury of one point of an organ or part resulting from a blow on the opposite point.

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Also called counterstroke.

Origin of contrecoup

From the French word contre-coup, dating back to 1820–30. See counter-, coup1
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contrecoup
[ kŏntrə-kōō′ ]

n.

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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