falling sickness

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falling sickness (uncountable)

  1. (archaic) Epilepsy.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Blackie and Son Limited (1908), page 31:
      Casca. He fell down in the market-place, and foamed at mouth, and was speechless.
      Bru. 'T is very like: he hath the falling sickness.