- The definition of a syncope is a word pronounced without a sound in the middle, or a fainting caused by a lack of oxygen in the brain.
- An example of a syncope is pronouncing cannot as can't.
- An example of a syncope is passing out from holding your breath too long.
- the dropping of sounds or letters from the middle of a word, as in (gläsʹtər) for Gloucester
- a fainting, or loss of consciousness, caused by a temporary deficiency of blood supply to the brain
Origin: LL from Glassical Greek synkopē from syn-, together plush koptein, to cut from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)kep- from source capon
- syncopal adjective
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- Grammar The shortening of a word by omission of a sound, letter, or syllable from the middle of the word; for example, bos'n for boatswain.
- Pathology A brief loss of consciousness caused by a temporary deficiency of oxygen in the brain; a swoon. See Synonyms at blackout.
Origin: Middle English sincopis, from sincopene, from Late Latin syncopēn, accusative of syncopē, from Greek sunkopē, from sunkoptein, to cut short : sun-, syn- + koptein, to strike.
- synˈco·pal , syn·copˈic adjective
syncope - Medical Definition