epilepsy

noun
ep·​i·​lep·​sy | \ ˈe-pə-ˌlep-sē How to pronounce epilepsy (audio) \
plural epilepsies

Definition of epilepsy

: any of various disorders marked by abnormal electrical discharges in the brain and typically manifested by sudden brief episodes of altered or diminished consciousness, involuntary movements, or convulsions

Examples of epilepsy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Young children with epilepsy and other serious medical conditions are among those whose humanitarian parole applications have been pending for months, according to the letter. Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Nov. 2021 Russell's mother, Cynthia Williams, told the news outlet her son suffered from epilepsy and frequent seizures for years and likely wandered out of his home and needed help. Fox News, 4 Nov. 2021 This was before epilepsy and seizures and gasping faces. Keith Bierygolick, The Enquirer, 15 Oct. 2021 Sometimes, a person without epilepsy can experience a seizure. Patti Greco, Health.com, 9 Nov. 2021 On Instagram, Francis shares photos of their newest products as well as their journey with schizencephaly, which causes epilepsy. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 2 Nov. 2021 High-frequency machines shouldn't be used if the gift recipient is pregnant, uses a pacemaker, or has high blood pressure or epilepsy. Medea Giordano, Wired, 22 Oct. 2021 If there are bumps or raised sidewalks/pavement, try marking it with glow in the dark tape or paint to prevent falls. Refrain from using strobe lights that could trigger epilepsy seizures, sensory overload, etc. Keely Cat-wells, Forbes, 9 Oct. 2021 Chang and colleagues adapted a commercially available device approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for treating severe epilepsy. Maggie Fox, CNN, 4 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of epilepsy

1543, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for epilepsy

Middle English epilencie, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French epelempsie, modification of Late Latin epilepsia, from Greek epilēpsia, from epilambanein to seize, from epi- + lambanein to take, seize — more at latch

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“Epilepsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epilepsy. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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epilepsy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of epilepsy

: a disorder of the nervous system that can cause people to suddenly become unconscious and to have violent, uncontrolled movements of the body

epilepsy

noun
ep·​i·​lep·​sy | \ ˈe-pə-ˌlep-sē How to pronounce epilepsy (audio) \

Kids Definition of epilepsy

: a disorder of the nervous system that causes people to have seizures

epilepsy

noun
ep·​i·​lep·​sy | \ ˈep-ə-ˌlep-sē How to pronounce epilepsy (audio) \
plural epilepsies

Medical Definition of epilepsy

: any of various disorders marked by abnormal electrical discharges in the brain and typically manifested by sudden brief episodes of altered or diminished consciousness, involuntary movements, or convulsions — see absence epilepsy, grand mal sense 1, petit mal sense 1 focal epilepsy, jacksonian epilepsy, myoclonic epilepsy, temporal lobe epilepsy

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