epilepsy

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Etymology[edit]

Since 16th century; a borrowing from Old French epilepsie, from Latin epilēpsia, from Ancient Greek ἐπιληψία (epilēpsía), from ἐπιλαμβάνω (epilambánō, I seize), from ἐπί (epí, upon) + λαμβάνω (lambánō, I take).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɛpɪlɛpsi/
  • Hyphenation: ep‧i‧lep‧sy

Noun[edit]

epilepsy (countable and uncountable, plural epilepsies)

  1. (pathology) A medical condition in which the sufferer experiences seizures (or convulsions) and blackouts.
    • Jeremy Taylor
      Epilepsies, or fallings and reelings, and beastly vomitings. The least of these, even when the tongue begins to be untied, is a degree of drunkenness.

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