epilepsy

noun

ep·​i·​lep·​sy ˈe-pə-ˌlep-sē How to pronounce epilepsy (audio)
plural epilepsies
: 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 While polypharmacy is most common in older people, younger adults and even children, particularly those with complicated chronic conditions like epilepsy, learning disorders or mental health issues, can also end up on many medications. Knvul Sheikh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 May 2024 For the new paper, the researchers turned to a piece of brain tissue from a person with epilepsy. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for epilepsy 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1543, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of epilepsy was in 1543

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Cite this Entry

“Epilepsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epilepsy. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

epilepsy

noun
ep·​i·​lep·​sy ˈep-ə-ˌlep-sē How to pronounce epilepsy (audio)
: a disorder marked by abnormal electrical discharges in the brain, by attacks of convulsions, and by loss of consciousness

Medical Definition

epilepsy

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