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apoplexy


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Apoplexy  \Ap"o*plex`y\  ([a^]p"[-o]*pl[e^]ks`[y^]),  n.  [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}.]  (Med.) 
  Sudden  diminution  or  loss  of  consciousness,  sensation,  and 
  voluntary  motion,  usually  caused  by  pressure  on  the  brain. 
 
  Note:  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  apoplexy 
  n  :  a  sudden  loss  of  consciousness  resulting  when  the  rupture  or 
  occlusion  of  a  blood  vessel  leads  to  oxygen  lack  in  the 
  brain  [syn:  {stroke},  {cerebrovascular  accident},  {CVA}] 




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