ap·​o·​plexy | \ ˈa-pə-ˌplek-sē How to pronounce apoplexy (audio) \

Definition of apoplexy

1 medical
a dated : stroke sense 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Never felt a single symptom, unless apoplexy is one of them. James Lileks, National Review, 17 Mar. 2022 Currently, the top cause of death globally is ischemic heart disease and the second is cerebral apoplexy (stroke). Billboard Japan, Billboard, 16 Apr. 2021 Giants fans in a state of apoplexy should know two things, one comforting, one not so much. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, 11 Dec. 2019 The mass cultural apoplexy in 2013 around the introduction of the cronut by Dominique Answel, a baker from New York, meanwhile, pretty much speaks for itself. Tim Martin, 1843, 13 June 2019 In fact, many policies that Sweden has today would send Bernie into apoplexy. WSJ, 25 Apr. 2019 Bendig, 84, died of complications from a pituitary apoplexy on June 3 at the Avantara Park Ridge nursing and rehabilitation center in Park Ridge, said his son Ray. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, 17 June 2018 Slowly, for all the sound and fury of Arsenal Fan TV and the apoplexy on social media, expectations have lowered. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, 31 Jan. 2018 Strange finished second, which sent mainstream Republicans like McConnell into apoplexy. Matthew Cooper, Newsweek, 25 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of apoplexy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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ap·​o·​plexy | \ ˈap-ə-ˌplek-sē How to pronounce apoplexy (audio) \
plural apoplexies

Medical Definition of apoplexy

1 dated : stroke In apoplexy or "stroke" … an artery in the brain either ruptures and bleeds or is blocked.— Morris Fishbein, The Modern Family Health Guide
2 : copious hemorrhage into a cavity or into the substance of an organ abdominal apoplexy adrenal apoplexy

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