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[kon-truh-koo; French kawntruh-koo]
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noun Medicine/Medical.
  1. an injury of one point of an organ or part resulting from a blow on the opposite point.
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Origin of contrecoup

From the French word contre-coup, dating back to 1820–30. See counter-, coup1
Also called counterstroke.
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Related Words for contrecoup

residue, weight, emanation, importance, residual, corollary, ramification, residuum, sequela, consecution, contrecoup

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Historical Examples of contrecoup

  • For instance, they knew of the possibility of fracture by contrecoup.

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    James J. Walsh

contrecoup in Medicine


  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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