noun, plural ic·tus·es, ic·tus.
Prosody. rhythmical or metrical stress.
- an epileptic seizure.
- a stroke, especially a cerebrovascular accident.
Origin of ictus
1700–10; < Latin: stroke, thrust, equivalent to īc(ere) to strike with a weapon + -tus suffix of v. action
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noun plural -tuses or -tus
prosody metrical or rhythmic stress in verse feet, as contrasted with the stress accent on words
med a sudden attack or stroke
Word Origin for ictus
C18: from Latin icere to strike
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
verse stress, 1752, from Latin ictus "a blow, stroke, thrust," of voices "a beat, impulse, stress," from icere "to strike, hit," related to iacere "to throw" (see jet (v.)).
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n. pl. ictus
A sudden attack, stroke, or seizure.
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