[ ap-uh-plek-tik ]
/ ˌæp əˈplɛk tɪk /

adjective Also ap·o·plec·ti·cal.

of or relating to apoplexy or stroke.
having or inclined to apoplexy.
intense enough to threaten or cause apoplexy: an apoplectic rage.
extremely angry; furious: He became apoplectic at the mere mention of the subject.


a person having or predisposed to apoplexy.

Origin of apoplectic

1605–15; < Late Latin apoplēcticus < Greek apoplēktikós pertaining to a (paralytic) stroke, equivalent to apóplēkt(os) struck down (verbid of apoplḗssein) + -ikos -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for apoplectic


/ (ˌæpəˈplɛktɪk) /


of or relating to apoplexy
informal furious


a person having apoplexy

Derived Forms

apoplectically, adverb
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Medicine definitions for apoplectic


[ ăp′ə-plĕktĭk ]


Relating to, having, or predisposed to apoplexy.

Related forms

ap′o•plecti•cal•ly adv.
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