apoplexy

noun ap·o·plexy \ ˈa-pə-ˌplek-sē \

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

  1. Her speech caused apoplexy among the audience members.

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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


Medical Dictionary

apoplexy

noun ap·o·plexy \ ˈap-ə-ˌplek-sē \

medical Definition of apoplexy

plural apoplexies
1 dated :stroke
  • In apoplexy or “stroke” … an artery in the brain either ruptures and bleeds or is blocked.
  • —Morris FishbeinThe Modern Family Health Guide1959
2 :copious hemorrhage into a cavity or into the substance of an organ
  • abdominal apoplexy
  • adrenal apoplexy


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