ictus definition

  • noun:
    • Medicine a rapid assault, blow, stroke, or seizure.
    • The accent that falls on a stressed syllable in a line of scanned verse.
    • the pulse
    • an abrupt assault, blow, swing, or seizure, as in a sunstroke, the sting of an insect, pulsation of an artery, etc.
    • The stress of sound set upon an accented syllable of a word. Compare arsis.
    • the worries of vocals set upon accented syllable of a word. Cf. arsis.
    • A stroke or blow, as with a sunstroke, the sting of an insect, pulsation of an artery, etc.
    • A stroke: as, ictus solis, sunstroke.
    • In prosody and music, rhythmical or metrical tension; additional intensity of utterance or distribution identifying one time or syllable in a foot or show from others.
    • where accent is marked plus the syllables bearing the ictus are italicized. The part of a foot upon which the ictus drops is known as the thesis (but see arsis). In a dipody one ictus is more powerful than another. In a colon the ictus of 1 measure dominates others. A subordinate ictus may also accompany the main ictus within the same base.
    • a rapid occurrence (or recurrence) of an ailment

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