[ sing-kuh-pee, sin- ]
/ ˈsɪŋ kəˌpi, ˈsɪn- /


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

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin syncopē < Greek synkopḗ a cutting short, equivalent to syn- syn- + kop- (stem of kóptein to cut) + feminine noun suffix


syn·cop·ic [sin-kop-ik] /sɪnˈkɒp ɪk/, syn·co·pal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for syncope

/ (ˈsɪŋkəpɪ) /


pathol a technical word for a faint
the omission of one or more sounds or letters from the middle of a word

Derived forms of syncope

syncopic (sɪŋˈkɒpɪk) or syncopal, adjective

Word Origin for syncope

C16: from Late Latin syncopa, from Greek sunkopē a cutting off, from syn- + koptein to cut
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Medical definitions for syncope

[ sĭngkə-pē, sĭn- ]


A brief loss of consciousness caused by a sudden fall of blood pressure or failure of the cardiac systole, resulting in cerebral anemia.
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