Definition of contrecoup in US English:



  • A contusion resulting from the brain contacting the skull on the side opposite from where impact occurs.

    Compare with coup
    • ‘Blunt trauma is responsible for coup and contrecoup ocular injury.’
    • ‘The classic contrecoup contusion has minimal brain injury at the site of impact and contusion in the opposite side of the brain.’
    • ‘When I first became an animator, I never would have thought that my knowledge of contrecoup brain injuries would ever be needed again - especially in such an important way.’
    • ‘Ignorance of the possibility of either coup or contrecoup contusions during criminal assault can lead to misinterpreted injuries.’
    • ‘A case of contrecoup intracerebellar hematoma is reported.’