noun, plural ic·tus·es, ic·tus.
- Prosody. rhythmical or metrical stress.
- an epileptic seizure.
- a stroke, especially a cerebrovascular accident.
noun plural -tuses or -tus
- prosody metrical or rhythmic stress in verse feet, as contrasted with the stress accent on words
- med a sudden attack or stroke
verse stress, 1752, from Latin ictus “a blow, stroke, thrust,” of voices “a beat, impulse, stress,” from icere “to strike, hit,” related to iacere “to throw” (see jet (v.)).
n. pl. ictus
- A sudden attack, stroke, or seizure.