noun ap·o·plexy \ˈa-pə-ˌplek-sē\

medical : the sudden loss of the ability to feel or move parts of the body caused by too little blood going to the brain

: great anger and excitement

Full Definition of APOPLEXY

:  stroke 5

Examples of APOPLEXY

  1. Her speech caused apoplexy among the audience members.

Origin of APOPLEXY

Middle English apoplexie, from Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French, from Late Latin apoplexia, from Greek apoplēxia, from apoplēssein to cripple by a stroke, from apo- + plēssein to strike — more at plaint
First Known Use: 15th century

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Rhymes with APOPLEXY

Medical Dictionary


noun ap·o·plexy \ˈap-ə-ˌplek-sē\
plural ap·o·plex·ies

Medical Definition of APOPLEXY

:  stroke
:  copious hemorrhage into a cavity or into the substance of an organ <abdominal apoplexy> <adrenal apoplexy>


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