syn⋅co⋅pe [sing-kuh-pee, sin-] –noun
1. Grammar. the contraction of a word by omitting one or more sounds from the middle, as in the reduction of never to ne'er.
2. Pathology. brief loss of consciousness associated with transient cerebral anemia, as in heart block, sudden lowering of the blood pressure, etc.; fainting.
When Alex was called to dinner he arose in an abrupt manner and suffered an episode of syncope.
Yeah. That was fun. It lasted only a few seconds and he went on to eat a hearty dinner. I suppose he's fine....but I'll be watching.