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

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The human participants in their study — three volunteers with epilepsy — already had electrodes surgically implanted on the surface of their brains as part of preparation for neurosurgery to treat their seizures. Sigal Samuel, Vox, "Facebook is building tech to read your mind. The ethical implications are staggering.," 5 Aug. 2019 According to the New York Daily News, Boyce suffered from epilepsy. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Disney Star Cameron Boyce, 20, Died After Having a Seizure in His Sleep—Reportedly Due to Epilepsy," 8 July 2019 About 102 million Americans suffer from a pre-existing condition of some kind, from epilepsy to diabetes to cancer to heart conditions, according to an analysis by Avalere, a health consulting firm. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Pre-Existing Condition Discord Shows Health Care Still a Hot-Button Issue," 28 Oct. 2018 It was eventually discovered that Jeffress suffered from epilepsy, allowing him to receive proper treatments. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Better late than never: Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress gets the all-star honor he earned," 12 July 2018 His conditions — alternating hemiplegia of childhood and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome — involve paralysis and severe epilepsy. Molly Duerig, azcentral, "This mom is going to hike across Arizona with her son on her back. Here's why," 14 Sep. 2019 Last year, Wiley was diagnosed with a typically mild form of epilepsy called Benign Rolandic Epilepsy that is most common in boys between 8-13. oregonlive, "Opinion: A Portland father reflects on the sudden loss of his son," 11 Sep. 2019 Neural implants, and external interfaces, have already been licensed in the world of medicine and are being used to treat medical conditions from strokes to epilepsy. Dominic Rech, CNN, "Brain implants could give governments and companies power to read your mind, scientists warn," 10 Sep. 2019 The 8-year-old, who was previously diagnosed with an extremely mild form of epilepsy called Benign Rolandic Epilepsy that typically self-resolves in teenage years, is believed to have died from SUDEP (Sudden Unexplained Death of Epilepsy). Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Tech Mogul & Doctor Wife Beg Others to Make Time for Their Kids After Son, 8, Dies in His Sleep," 9 Sep. 2019

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of epilepsy

medical : 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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