adjective Also ap·o·plec·ti·cal.
  1. of or relating to apoplexy or stroke.
  2. having or inclined to apoplexy.
  3. intense enough to threaten or cause apoplexy: an apoplectic rage.
  4. extremely angry; furious: He became apoplectic at the mere mention of the subject.
  1. a person having or predisposed to apoplexy.

Origin of apoplectic

1605–15; < Late Latin apoplēcticus < Greek apoplēktikós pertaining to a (paralytic) stroke, equivalent to apóplēkt(os) struck down (verbid of apoplḗssein) + -ikos -ic
Related formsap·o·plec·ti·cal·ly, adverbpost·ap·o·plec·tic, adjectivepseu·do·ap·o·plec·tic, adjectivepseu·do·ap·o·plec·ti·cal, adjectivepseu·do·ap·o·plec·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for post-apoplectic


  1. of or relating to apoplexy
  2. informal furious
  1. a person having apoplexy
Derived Formsapoplectically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for post-apoplectic



1610s, "involving apoplexy," from French apoplectique (16c.), from Latin apoplecticus, from Greek apoplektikos "disabled by a stroke, crippled, struck dumb," from apoplektos, verbal adjective of apoplessein (see apoplexy). Meaning "showing symptoms of apoplexy" (1721) gradually shaded into "enraged, very angry."

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post-apoplectic in Medicine


  1. Relating to, having, or predisposed to apoplexy.
Related formsap′o•plecti•cal•ly adv.
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