• WordNet 3.6
    • n apoplexy a sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the brain
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Apoplexy (Med) Sudden diminution or loss of consciousness, sensation, and voluntary motion, usually caused by pressure on the brain.☞ 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n apoplexy In pathology, a sudden loss or impairment of consciousness and voluntary motion, caused by the rupture of a blood-vessel in the brain, an embolism, or other cerebral shock. [Sometimes incorrectly used to denote hemorrhage into the tissues of any organ.]
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Apoplexy a′po-pleks-i loss of sensation and of motion by a sudden stroke, generally applied by modern medical writers to rupture of a blood-vessel, with hemorrhage in the brain or its membranes, whether with or without consciousness—also figuratively
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. poplexye, LL. poplexia, apoplexia, fr. Gr. 'apoplhxi`a, fr. 'apoplh`ssein to cripple by a stroke; 'apo` from + plh`ssein to strike: cf. F. apoplexie,. See Plague
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. apoplēxiaapo, from, away, and plēss-ein, to strike.


In literature:

In fact, the revolving floor would induce an artificial condition of apoplexy.
"A Master of Mysteries" by L. T. Meade
My head gets dizzy; how if I should drop under apoplexy?
"The Wedding Ring" by T. De Witt Talmage
He died the day his son was christened, of apoplexy.
"Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts" by Rosalind Northcote
Mr Campbell died of apoplexy on the 15th of May 1824, after a life much chequered by misfortune.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
And then their laughs and jokes at a soiree would give a dowager from Frenchtown an apoplexy!
"Four Years in Rebel Capitals" by T. C. DeLeon
Flagg was exhibiting the dread symptoms of apoplexy.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
In either case, the same effects are produced as are observed in apoplexy.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings
And then they impart a memory of indigestion, a halo as it were of apoplexy, even to the church services.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
In no way can this inverse apoplexy be more healthfully or pleasantly induced than by a jolly game of cricket.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Volume 11, No. 26, May, 1873" by Various
Now, Ed Meyers, if you're going to have apoplexy, don't you go and have it around this table.
"Americans All" by Various

In news:

The 'sentinel clot' sign in spontaneous retropharyngeal hematoma secondary to parathyroid apoplexy .
As a budget-cutter, Jindal puts most other Republican governors to shame, and has made choices that would spur Democratic apoplexy in other states.
He's not up to his usual apoplexy, but next to the somnambulant Jones, anyone would seem like they were.