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
Recent Examples of epilepsy from the Web
This drug reduces neuronal activity, and is used to treat epilepsy and neuropathic pain.
Researchers are reportedly looking into whether poop transplants can help with everything from irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, obesity, diabetes, epilepsy, and HIV.
Studies involving epilepsy, autism and moles were added later, and a new Harvard Medical School study to monitor the health of National Football League players is just getting under way.
Addyson suffers from myoclonic epilepsy, a severe neurological disorder that can trigger as many as 1,000 seizures a day.
From other Ohio families with children who have epilepsy, the Bentons learned that marijuana products such as patches and oils has been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of seizures.
The dog, who’d spent six years at the Freshfields Animal Rescue where she was passed over by thousands of potential adopters, struggled for years to find her forever, likely because of her epilepsy.
Children with Dravet syndrome/epilepsy are free and receive a sweet purple superhero cape.
Among its current campaigns is one to help a man accused of sending a journalist with epilepsy a Twitter graphic that triggered a seizure.
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Origin and Etymology of epilepsy
EPILEPSY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of epilepsy for English Language Learners
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 Defined for Kids
Definition of epilepsy for Students
: a disorder of the nervous system that causes people to have seizures
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 1, petit mal 1; focal epilepsy, jacksonian epilepsy, myoclonic epilepsy, temporal lobe epilepsy
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