contrecoup

[kon-truh-koo; French kawntruh-koo]
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:
1820–30; < French contre-coup. See counter-, coup1

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contrecoup con·tre·coup (kŏn'trə-kōō')
n.
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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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.
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