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concussion

[kuh n-kuhsh-uh n] /kənˈkʌʃ ən/
noun
1.
Pathology. injury to the brain or spinal cord due to jarring from a blow, fall, or the like.
2.
shock caused by the impact of a collision, blow, etc.
3.
the act of violently shaking or jarring.
Origin of concussion
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin concussiōn- (stem of concussiō) a shaking. See concuss, -ion
Related forms
concussional, concussant
[kuh n-kuhs-uh nt] /kənˈkʌs ənt/ (Show IPA),
adjective
concussive, adjective
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  • Finally it was betwixt chance and choice that the place and hour of concussion were determined.

    Abraham Lincoln, Vol. II John T. Morse
  • A shell from his own army had burst near him, and he had been thrown down by the concussion.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Springing up, she would rush against the end of the car, falling all in a heap from the violence of the concussion.

  • One or two men were struck, while others died from the effect of the concussion on their brains.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • He wouldn't care to be responsible for a concussion of the brain or anything like that.

    The City of Fire Grace Livingston Hill
British Dictionary definitions for concussion

concussion

/kənˈkʌʃən/
noun
1.
a jarring of the brain, caused by a blow or a fall, usually resulting in loss of consciousness
2.
any violent shaking; jarring
Derived Forms
concussive, adjective
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Word Origin and History for concussion
n.

c.1400, from Latin concussionem (nominative concussio) "a shaking," noun of action from past participle stem of concutere "shake violently," from com- "together" (see com-) + quatere "to shake" (see quash). Modern brain injury sense is from 1540s.

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concussion in Medicine

concussion con·cus·sion (kən-kŭsh'ən)
n.

  1. A violent shaking or jarring.

  2. An injury to a soft structure, especially the brain, produced by a violent blow and followed by a temporary or prolonged loss of function.

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concussion in Science
concussion
  (kən-kŭsh'ən)   
An injury to a soft structure, especially the brain, produced by a violent blow or impact and followed by a temporary, sometimes prolonged, loss of function. A concussion of the brain results in transient loss of consciousness or memory.
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