1. That part which embraces the main action of a play, poem, and the like, and leads on to the catastrophe; opposed to protasis.

2. <medicine> The period of violence in a fever or disease; paroxysm.

Origin: NL, fr. Gr. A stretching, fr. To stretch upon or over; upon + to stretch.

(01 Mar 1998)

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