apoplexy

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Etymology[edit]

Old English poplexye, Late Latin poplexia, apoplexia, from Ancient Greek ἀποπληξία (apoplēksía), from ἀποπλήσσειν (apoplḗssein) to cripple by a stroke; ἀπό (apó, from) + πλήσσειν (plḗssein, to strike): compare with French apoplexie. See plague.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈæp.əˌplɛk.si/
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Noun[edit]

apoplexy (plural apoplexies)

  1. (medicine) Sudden diminution or loss of consciousness, sensation, and voluntary motion, usually caused by pressure on the brain.
  2. (colloquial) Great anger and excitement.

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Usage notes[edit]

The term is now usually limited to cerebral apoplexy, or loss of consciousness due to effusion of blood or other lesion within the substance of the brain; but it is sometimes extended to denote an effusion of blood into the substance of any organ; as, apoplexy of the lung.

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