the highest or most intense point in the development or resolution of something; culmination: His career reached its climax when he was elected president.
(in a dramatic or literary work) a decisive moment that is of maximum intensity or is a major turning point in a plot.
a figure consisting of a series of related ideas so arranged that each surpasses the preceding in force or intensity.
the last term or member of this figure.
an orgasm.
Ecology. the stable and self-perpetuating end stage in the ecological succession or evolution of a plant and animal community.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to bring to or reach a climax.

1580–90; < Late Latin < Greek klîmax ladder, akin to klī́nein to lean

hyperclimax, noun
unclimaxed, adjective

1. summit, zenith, acme, apex.
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climax (ˈklaɪmæks)
1.  the most intense or highest point of an experience or of a series of events: the party was the climax of the week
2.  a decisive moment in a dramatic or other work
3.  a rhetorical device by which a series of sentences, clauses, or phrases are arranged in order of increasing intensity
4.  ecology the stage in the development of a community during which it remains stable under the prevailing environmental conditions
5.  (esp in referring to women) another word for orgasm Also called: sexual climax
6.  to reach or bring to a climax
[C16: from Late Latin, from Greek klimax ladder]

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Word Origin & History

1589, from L.L. climax (gen. climacis), from Gk. klimax "propositions rising in effectiveness," lit. "ladder," from base of klinein "to slope," from PIE base *klei- "to lean" (see lean (v.)). The rhetorical meaning evolved in Eng. through "series of steps by which a goal is
achieved," to "escalating steps," to (1789) "high point," a usage credited by the OED "to popular ignorance." The verb is 1835, from the noun. The meaning "orgasm" is first recorded 1918, apparently coined by birth-control pioneer Marie Stopes, as a more accessible word than orgasm.
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Medical Dictionary

climax cli·max (klī'māks')

  1. The height of a disease; the stage of greatest severity.

  2. See orgasm.

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