[ik-tuh s]

noun, plural ic·tus·es, ic·tus.

Prosody. rhythmical or metrical stress.
  1. an epileptic seizure.
  2. 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
Related formsic·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ictic


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
Derived Formsictal, adjective

Word Origin for ictus

C18: from Latin icere to strike
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Word Origin and History for ictic



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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ictic in Medicine



n. pl. ictus

A sudden attack, stroke, or seizure.
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