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ictus

[ ik-tuhs ]
/ ˈɪk təs /
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noun, plural ic·tus·es, ic·tus.
Prosody. rhythmical or metrical stress.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM ictus

ictic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ictus

ictus
/ (ˈɪktəs) /

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 forms of ictus

ictal, adjective

Word Origin for ictus

C18: from Latin icere to strike
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Medical definitions for ictus

ictus
[ ĭktəs ]

n. pl. ictus
A sudden attack, stroke, or seizure.
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