epilepsy

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Etymology[edit]

Since 16th century; borrowed 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/
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  • 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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Jeremy Taylor and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      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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