seizure


sei·zure

noun \ˈsē-zhər\

: the act of taking control of something especially by force or violence

law : the act of taking something by legal authority

medical : an abnormal state in which you become unconscious and your body moves in an uncontrolled and violent way

Full Definition of SEIZURE

1
a :  the act, action, or process of seizing :  the state of being seized
b :  the taking possession of person or property by legal process
2
a :  a sudden attack (as of disease); especially :  the physical manifestations (as convulsions, sensory disturbances, or loss of consciousness) resulting from abnormal electrical discharges in the brain (as in epilepsy)
b :  an abnormal electrical discharge in the brain

Examples of SEIZURE

  1. the seizure of power by the rebels
  2. property that is protected from seizure
  3. the seizure of evidence by the police
  4. Not all searches and seizures by the police require a warrant.

First Known Use of SEIZURE

15th century

Rhymes with SEIZURE

sei·zure

noun \ˈsē-zhər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SEIZURE

1
: a sudden attack (as of disease); especially : the physical manifestations (as convulsions, sensory disturbances, or loss of consciousness) resulting from abnormal electrical discharges in the brain (as in epilepsy)
2
: an abnormal electrical discharge in the brain

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