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
Here Joe's voice failed, and, falling into a syncope, Glenn and Sneak lifted him up and carried him into the house.Wild Western Scenes | John Beauchamp Jones
What has been said about syncope applies also to the relative spheres of elision and hiatus.
Had he been in bed, I think there is reason to believe this fatal syncope, if such it was, would not have happened.An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses | William Withering
If the girl had fainted it was a pity, but what influence had he over her syncope?Fern Vale (Volume 3) | Colin Munro
The young man sunk back in a species of syncope, produced by the agony of his mind as he made the fatal communication.The Fair Maid of Perth | Sir Walter Scott
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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