pl. -·tuses or -·tus
- rhythmic or metrical stress, or accent
- Med. a convulsion, stroke, or sudden attack
Origin of ictusL, a blow, stroke, metrical stress ; from past participle of icere, to strike, hit, beat ; from Indo-European base an unverified form aik-, an unverified form ik-, spear, to strike with a sharp weapon from source Classical Greek aichm?, a spear
nounpl. ictus or ic·tus·es
- Medicine A sudden attack, blow, stroke, or seizure.
- The accent that falls on a stressed syllable in a line of scanned verse.
Origin of ictusLatin, stroke, from past participle of &imacron;cere, to strike.
(plural ictus or ictuses or ictūs)
From the Latin ictus (“a blow”), from īcio (“I hit, strike, or smite”; “I stab or sting”).