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n. pl. e·pit·a·ses (-sēz′)
The middle part of a play that develops the action leading to the catastrophe.

[Greek, stretching, intensity, from epiteinein, epita-, to stretch, intensify : epi-, epi- + teinein, to stretch; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -ses (-siːz)
(Theatre) (in classical drama) the part of a play in which the main action develops. Compare protasis2, catastrophe2
[C16: from Greek: a stretching, intensification, from teinein to stretch]


(ɪˈpɪt ə sɪs)

n., pl. -ses (-ˌsiz)
the part of an ancient drama, following the protasis, in which the main action is developed. Compare catastrophe (def. 4).
[1580–90; < Greek epítasis increase of intensity, stretching]


a period of violence in the course of a disease, especially a fever.
See also: Disease and Illness
the main action of a drama, leading up to the catastrophe. Cf. protasis.
See also: Drama