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.
Origin of syncope
- 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
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Late Latin syncope, from Ancient Greek συγκοπή (sunkopÄ“), from σύν (sin) + κόπτω (koptein, “strike, cut off").