ictus

noun
ic·​tus | \ ˈik-təs How to pronounce ictus (audio) \

Definition of ictus

: the recurring stress or beat in a rhythmic or metrical series of sounds

First Known Use of ictus

1752, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ictus

Latin, literally, blow, from icere to strike

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ictus

noun
ic·​tus | \ ˈik-təs How to pronounce ictus (audio) \

Medical Definition of ictus

1 : a beat or pulsation especially of the heart
2 : a sudden attack or seizure especially of stroke

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