Definition of apoplexy
1 medical a dated : stroke 5 <The medical evidence showed conclusively that death was due to apoplexy. — Arthur Conan Doyle>b : gross hemorrhage into a cavity or into the substance of an organ <pituitary apoplexy>
2 : a state of intense and almost uncontrollable anger < … he had irritated his superior into apoplexy … — Kevin Patterson> < … this latest attraction has sparked apoplexy among some environmentalists. — Jayne Clark>
Examples of apoplexy in a sentence
Her speech caused apoplexy among the audience members.
Origin and Etymology of apoplexy
Middle English apoplexie, from Medieval French & Late Latin; Medieval 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
Medical Definition of apoplexy
1dated : stroke <In apoplexy or “stroke” … an artery in the brain either ruptures and bleeds or is blocked.—Morris Fishbein, The Modern Family Health Guide, 1959>
2: copious hemorrhage into a cavity or into the substance of an organ <abdominal apoplexy> <adrenal apoplexy>
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