apoplexy

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noun ap·o·plexy \ˈa-pə-ˌplek-sē\

Definition of apoplexy

  1. 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. 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

  1. 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 Dictionary

apoplexy

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noun ap·o·plexy \ˈap-ə-ˌplek-sē\

Medical Definition of apoplexy

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apoplexies

  1. 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. 2:  copious hemorrhage into a cavity or into the substance of an organ <abdominal apoplexy> <adrenal apoplexy>



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