Definition of apoplexy
: stroke 5
Examples of apoplexy in a sentence
Her speech caused apoplexy among the audience members.
Origin and Etymology 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
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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