AskDefine | Define ictus

Dictionary Definition

ictus n : a sudden occurrence (or recurrence) of a disease; "he suffered an epileptic seizure" [syn: seizure, raptus]

User Contributed Dictionary



Latin, from icere (“to strike”).


  • /'ɪktəs/


  1. the pulse
  2. A sudden attack, blow, stroke, or seizure.



  1. In the context of "Pathology|lang=it": ictus, stroke



  1. A blow, or the resultant wound


Extensive Definition

Ictus may refer to:
  • Ictus, in medicine, a sudden event, such as a stroke, seizure, collapse or faint
  • Ictus, in music and conducting, the instant when a beat occurs
  • Hence, in prosody, a stressed syllable

See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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