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ictus

[ik-tuh s] /ˈɪk təs/
noun, plural ictuses, ictus.
1.
Prosody. rhythmical or metrical stress.
2.
Pathology.
  1. an epileptic seizure.
  2. a stroke, especially a cerebrovascular accident.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; < Latin: stroke, thrust, equivalent to īc(ere) to strike with a weapon + -tus suffix of v. action
Related forms
ictic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ictus

ictus

/ˈɪktəs/
noun (pl) -tuses, -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
Derived Forms
ictal, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Latin icere to strike
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Word Origin and History for 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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ictus in Medicine

ictus ic·tus (ĭk'təs)
n. pl. ictus or ic·tus·es
A sudden attack, stroke, or seizure.

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