epitasis

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Epitasis \E*pit"a*sis\, noun [NL., fr. Gr. ? a stretching, fr. ? to stretch upon or over; 'epi' upon + ? to stretch.]

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. (Med.) The period of violence in a fever or disease; paroxysm. --Dunglison.


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