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[kon-truh-koo; French kawntruh-koo] /ˈkɒn trəˌku; French kɔ̃trəˈku/
noun, Medicine/Medical
an injury of one point of an organ or part resulting from a blow on the opposite point.
Also called counterstroke.
Origin of contrecoup
1820-30; < French contre-coup. See counter-, coup1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for contrecoup
  • Falling from the edge of a roof would not account for the contrecoup injury to the head.
  • Contusions result from movement of the brain within the skull that cause coup and contrecoup injuries.
contrecoup in Medicine

contrecoup con·tre·coup (kŏn'trə-kōō')
Injury to a part opposite the site of the primary injury, as an injury to the skull opposite the site of a blow.

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