Definition of contrecoup in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkäntrəˌko͞o/

noun (plural contrecoups /-ˌko͞oz/)

A contusion resulting from the brain contacting the skull on the side opposite from where impact occurs. Compare with coup.
Example sentences
  • Blunt trauma is responsible for coup and contrecoup ocular injury.
  • Ignorance of the possibility of either coup or contrecoup contusions during criminal assault can lead to misinterpreted injuries.
  • A case of contrecoup intracerebellar hematoma is reported.

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Syllabification: con·tre·coup

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