- Apoplexy is defined as a loss of the ability to speak as a result of being mad.
An example of apoplexy is when a woman is speechless when her husband infuriates her.
- The definition of an apoplexy is the lack of consciousness or loss of body function as a consequence of hemorrhage or stroke.
An example of apoplexy is when someone is non-responsive to verbal requests.
- Old-fashioned a cerebrovascular accident, or stroke
- a condition in any organ of severe hemorrhage or infarction
Origin of apoplexyMiddle English and amp; Old French apoplexie ; from Late Latin apoplexia ; from Classical Greek apopl?xia ; from apopl?ssein, to strike down, disable by a stroke ; from apo-, from + pl?ssein, to strike ; from Indo-European base an unverified form pl?g- from source plague
- Sudden impairment of neurological function, especially that resulting from a cerebral hemorrhage; a stroke.
- A sudden effusion of blood into an organ or tissue.
- A fit of extreme anger; rage: “The proud &ellipsis; members suffered collective apoplexy, and this year they are out for blood” (David Finch).
Origin of apoplexyMiddle English apoplexie, from Old French, from Late Latin apopl&emacron;xia, from Greek apopl&emacron;xia, from apopl&emacron;ssein, apopl&emacron;g-, to cripple by a stroke : apo-, intensive pref.; see apo– + pl&emacron;ssein, to strike; see plak-2 in Indo-European roots.
The term is now usually limited to cerebral apoplexy, or loss of consciousness due to effusion of blood or other lesion within the substance of the brain; but it is sometimes extended to denote an effusion of blood into the substance of any organ; as, apoplexy of the lung.
Old English poplexye, Late Latin poplexia, apoplexia, from Ancient Greek ἀποπληξία (apoplēxia), from ἀποπλήσσειν (apoplēssein) to cripple by a stroke; ἀπό (apo, “from”) + πλήσσειν (plēssein, “to strike”): compare with French apoplexie. See plague.