nounpl. -·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 īcere 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”).