- stroke1(def 6).
- a sudden, usually marked loss of bodily function due to rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel.
- a hemorrhage into an organ cavity or tissue.
- a state of extreme anger.
Origin of apoplexy
Examples from the Web for apoplexy
But apoplexy may kill one in two hours, and aneurism only takes two minutes.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
There was blood in his eyes; he looked fit to drop with apoplexy.
It's an apoplexy ye'll be contacting if ye give way to heat like this.Captain Blood
A surgeon was called in, who at once perceived that the attack was one of apoplexy.Confessions Of Con Cregan
Charles James Lever
If there is any doubt on this point always treat for apoplexy.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
- sudden loss of consciousness, often followed by paralysis, caused by rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel in the brain
Word Origin and History for apoplexy
late 14c., "sudden fit of paralysis and dizziness," from Old French apoplexie or directly from Late Latin apoplexia, from Greek apoplexia, from apoplessein "to strike down and incapacitate," from apo- "off" (see apo-), in this case probably an intensive prefix, + plessein "hit" (cf. plague (n.), also with a root sense of "stricken"). The Latin translation, sideratio, means "disease caused by a constellation."
- Sudden impairment of neurological function, especially from a cerebral hemorrhage; a stroke.
- An effusion of blood into a tissue or organ.