1 (def 6).
a sudden, usually marked loss of bodily function due to rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel.
a hemorrhage into an organ cavity or tissue.
Historical Examples

On the day before his death from apoplexy he imagined to himself despatches in which his son’s name figured brilliantly.
Here and Hereafter Barry Pain

He adds that the surgeon described death as due to apoplexy.
Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 2 of 3) John Morley

Epilepsy and apoplexy were understood as spasms inside the head.
Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed. S. A. Reilly

They will find it apoplexy, or some such thing, I have no doubt of it.
The Hour and the Man Harriet Martineau

I have no wish that he should die of an attack of apoplexy—that would be very embarrassing both to me and to my Government.
The Tragedy of St. Helena Walter Runciman

apoplexy may be termed an universal palsy, or a permanent sleep.
Zoonomia, Vol. II Erasmus Darwin

Two years later a stroke of apoplexy brought to a sudden end the convert’s life.
The Life of Blessed John B. Marie Vianney, Cur of Ars Anonymous

It ‘s apoplexy,—I told you so,—don’t you see how red he is in the face?
Elsie Venner Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

There are a number of symptoms that act as warnings of the approach of apoplexy.
Essays In Pastoral Medicine Austin Malley

It was one of the hundred things his doctor had told him not to do for fear of apoplexy, the humbug!
Five Tales John Galsworthy

sudden loss of consciousness, often followed by paralysis, caused by rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel in the brain

late 14c., “sudden fit of paralysis and dizziness,” from Old French apoplexie or directly from Late Latin apoplexia, from Greek apoplexia, from apoplessein “to strike down and incapacitate,” from apo- “off” (see apo-), in this case probably an intensive prefix, + plessein “hit” (cf. plague (n.), also with a root sense of “stricken”). The Latin translation, sideratio, means “disease caused by a constellation.”

apoplexy ap·o·plex·y (āp’ə-plěk’sē)

Sudden impairment of neurological function, especially from a cerebral hemorrhage; a stroke.

An effusion of blood into a tissue or organ.


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