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ictus

[ik-tuh s]
noun, plural ic·tus·es, ic·tus.
  1. Prosody. rhythmical or metrical stress.
  2. Pathology.
    1. an epileptic seizure.
    2. a stroke, especially a cerebrovascular accident.
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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

ictus

noun plural -tuses or -tus
  1. prosody metrical or rhythmic stress in verse feet, as contrasted with the stress accent on words
  2. med a sudden attack or stroke
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Derived Formsictal, adjective

Word Origin

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

ictus

n.

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

ictus

(ĭktəs)
n. pl. ictus
  1. A sudden attack, stroke, or seizure.
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