Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In surgery, a fracture or an injury resulting from a blow struck on some other part, as a fracture at the base of the skull from a blow on the vertex.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (med.) A concussion or shock produced by a blow or other injury, in a part or region opposite to that at which the blow is received, often causing rupture or disorganisation of the parts affected.

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  • noun pathology A bruising of the brain caused by a blow, appearing on the opposite side to that on which the blow was struck.

Etymologies

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French, from contre (Latin contra) + coup a blow.

Examples

  • "He's sustained what's known as a contrecoup injury to his frontal lobe, with bleeding, bruising and swelling in the area that governs personality, decision making and motivation - all the characteristics that make James who he is," says Turner.

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  • There's contrecoup damage to the brain that suggests acceleration.

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  • Yesterday on Public Radio International's show "The Next Big Thing" she said she wanted to bring three obscure words into use and tried to bribe John Linnell of the group "They Might Be Giants" into using all three in liner notes so she could cite them; the words were contrecoup, craniosophic, and limerent.

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  • 'Ce troisième et ce quatrième actes, les plus émouvants qui se soient jamais produits sur aucune scène, se composent d'une suite de narrations, qui viennent l'une après l'autre frapper au coeur d'OEdipe, et qui ont leur contrecoup dans l'âme des spectateurs.

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  • For instance, they knew of the possibility of fracture by _contrecoup_.

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  • The force of the accident whipped the inside of her brain against her skull, causing what's known as coup contrecoup, a type of traumatic brain injury that for Bartok, affected both her long- and short-term memory.

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  • The force of the accident whipped the inside of her brain against her skull, causing what's known as coup contrecoup, a type of traumatic brain injury that for Bartok, affected both her long and short term memory.

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  • A contrecoup contusion can, however, be caused by a blow to any part of the head.

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  • There is scientific disagreement on exactly how a contrecoup contusion occurs.

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  • To say that the attacks perpetrated by fundamentalist Islamists - and by definition the nineteen (19) hijackers of September 11th, 2001, were fundamentalist Islamists - produced a contrecoup effect where the factual understanding of Islam is concerned would be an accurate assessment.

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