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syncope Line breaks: syn|cope
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪŋkəpi/

Definition of syncope in English:


[mass noun]
1 Medicine Temporary loss of consciousness caused by a fall in blood pressure.
Example sentences
  • Decreased cerebral perfusion may cause impaired consciousness and syncope.
  • Patients usually have no symptoms, but if the pause is prolonged, they may have light-headedness, palpitations, syncope, and falls.
  • In patients without focal neurologic symptoms and signs, syncope from cerebrovascular disease is extremely rare.
2 Grammar The omission of sounds or letters from within a word, for example when library is pronounced ˈlʌɪbri.
Example sentences
  • At the same time, syncope is common in words like fam'ly, fed'ral, happ'ning.
  • The traditional spellings of English place names such as Worcester and Gloucester bear evidence of syncope.
  • My thesis is that the shortening was caused by syncope.


Late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek sunkopē, from sun- 'together' + koptein 'strike, cut off'.



Pronunciation: /ˈsɪŋkəp(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Chronic cough can cause exhaustion and irritability, headaches, difficulty sleeping, urinary incontinence, syncopal episodes, sore throat, self consciousness, and fear of underlying serious illness.
  • Before the syncopal event, the patient may report weakness, light-headedness, yawning, nausea, diaphoresis, hyperventilation, blurred vision or impaired hearing.
  • Although some studies have shown significant reduction of syncopal episodes with pacing therapy, others have reported that pacing did not prevent syncope any better than drug therapy.

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