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apoplexy

[ap-uh-plek-see] /ˈæp əˌplɛk si/
noun, Pathology
1.
stroke (def 6).
2.
a sudden, usually marked loss of bodily function due to rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel.
3.
a hemorrhage into an organ cavity or tissue.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English apoplexie < Late Latin < Greek, equivalent to apóplēkt(os) (see apoplectic) + -ia -y3
Related forms
apoplectiform
[ap-uh-plek-tuh-fawrm] /ˌæp əˈplɛk təˌfɔrm/ (Show IPA),
apoplectoid, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for apoplectiform

apoplexy

/ˈæpəˌplɛksɪ/
noun
1.
sudden loss of consciousness, often followed by paralysis, caused by rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel in the brain
Word Origin
C14: from Old French apoplexie, from Late Latin apoplēxia, from Greek: from apoplēssein to cripple by a stroke, from plēssein to strike
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Word Origin and History for apoplectiform

apoplexy

n.

late 14c., "sudden fit of paralysis and dizziness," from Old French apoplexie or directly from Late Latin apoplexia, from Greek apoplexia, from apoplessein "to strike down and incapacitate," from apo- "off" (see apo-), in this case probably an intensive prefix, + plessein "hit" (cf. plague (n.), also with a root sense of "stricken"). The Latin translation, sideratio, means "disease caused by a constellation."

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apoplectiform in Medicine

apoplexy ap·o·plex·y (āp'ə-plěk'sē)
n.

  1. Sudden impairment of neurological function, especially from a cerebral hemorrhage; a stroke.

  2. An effusion of blood into a tissue or organ.

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