Grammar. the contraction of a word by omitting one or more sounds from the middle, as in the reduction of never to ne'er.
Pathology. brief loss of consciousness associated with transient cerebral anemia, as in heart block, sudden lowering of the blood pressure, etc.; fainting.
- syn·cop·ic [sin-kop-ik], /sɪnˈkɒp ɪk/, syn·co·pal, adjective
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How to use syncope in a sentence
This is frequently seen in threatened syncopal attacks during chloroform administration.Manual of Surgery | Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
The same vasomotor instability which shows itself in the tendency to syncopal attacks is apparent in many other ways.The Nervous Child | Hector Charles Cameron
Convulsions alternate with syncopal attacks, and the patients suffer intense pain.The Great Pestilence (A.D. 1348-9) | Francis Aidan Gasquet
British Dictionary definitions for syncope
pathol a technical word for a faint
the omission of one or more sounds or letters from the middle of a word
- syncopic (sɪŋˈkɒpɪk) or syncopal, adjective
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