[ hwip-lash, wip- ]
/ ˈʰwɪpˌlæʃ, ˈwɪp- /
Also whiplash injury. a neck injury caused by a sudden jerking backward, forward, or both, of the head: Whiplash resulted when their car was struck from behind.
Also called whiplash curve. a connected series of reverse curves of more or less elliptical form, used as a major design motif in the Art Nouveau style.
verb (used with object)
to beat, hit, throw, etc., with or as if with a whiplash.
to affect adversely, as by a sudden change: new taxes whiplashing corporate earnings.
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British Dictionary definitions for whiplash injury (1 of 2)
med informal any injury to the neck resulting from a sudden thrusting forwards and snapping back of the unsupported headTechnical name: hyperextension-hyperflexion injury
British Dictionary definitions for whiplash injury (2 of 2)
/ (ˈwɪpˌlæʃ) /
a quick lash or stroke of a whip or like that of a whip
med See whiplash injury
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Medicine definitions for whiplash injury (1 of 2)
A hyperextension-hyperflexion injury to the cervical spine caused by an abrupt jerking movement of the head, either in a backward or forward direction.
Medicine definitions for whiplash injury (2 of 2)
[ wĭp′lăsh′ ]
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