apoplexy

[ ap-uh-plek-see ]
/ ˈæp əˌplɛk si /

noun

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.

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Origin of apoplexy

1350–1400; Middle English apoplexie < Late Latin < Greek, equivalent to apóplēkt(os) (see apoplectic) + -ia -y3
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British Dictionary definitions for apoplexy

apoplexy
/ (ˈæpəˌplɛksɪ) /

noun

sudden loss of consciousness, often followed by paralysis, caused by rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel in the brain

Word Origin for apoplexy

C14: from Old French apoplexie, from Late Latin apoplēxia, from Greek: from apoplēssein to cripple by a stroke, from plēssein to strike
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Medical definitions for apoplexy

apoplexy
[ ăpə-plĕk′sē ]

n.

Sudden impairment of neurological function, especially from a cerebral hemorrhage; a stroke.
An effusion of blood into a tissue or organ.
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