- 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.
Origin of syncope
Examples from the Web for syncope
Historical Examples of syncope
In swoons and syncope, the soul no longer performs her ordinary functions.The Phantom World
Verbs which suffer a syncope in the Infinitive, suffer a like syncope in the Pret.Elements of Gaelic Grammar
I must have lain several hours, partly in syncope, and partly asleep.The Wild Huntress
His breath fails him, and he seems relapsing into the syncope from which he has been aroused.The Flag of Distress
He died in a sort of syncope, seven hours after swallowing the tobacco.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection
Alexander Wynter Blyth
- pathol a technical word for a faint
- the omission of one or more sounds or letters from the middle of a word
Word Origin for syncope
c.1400, from Late Latin syncopen "contraction of a word," accusative of syncope, from Greek synkope, "contraction of a word," originally "a cutting off," from synkoptein "to cut up," from syn- "together, thoroughly" (see syn-) + koptein "to cut," from PIE root *kop- "to beat, strike" (see hatchet). In pathology, "failure of the heart's action," hence "unconsciousness."
- A brief loss of consciousness caused by a sudden fall of blood pressure or failure of the cardiac systole, resulting in cerebral anemia.