Syncope meaning

sĭngkə-pē, sĭn-
(medicine) A brief loss of consciousness caused by inadequate blood flow to the brain.
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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.

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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.
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Loss of sounds or letters from the middle of a word, as in the pronunciation of Gloucester (glästər)
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Temporary loss of consciousness, caused by an inadequate flow of blood to the brain.
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A brief loss of consciousness caused by inadequate blood flow to the brain.
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A loss of consciousness when someone faints, a swoon.
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(prosody, phonology) The absence of a sound from the interior of a word, for example by changing cannot to can't or the pronunciation of placenames in -cester (e.g. Leicester) as -ster.
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A missed beat or off-beat stress in music resulting in syncopation.
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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").

    From Wiktionary