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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Jensen’s laboratory, as well as other researchers, are also studying medical marijuana as a treatment tool for epilepsy. Rita Giordano, Philly.com, "For some children with autism, stopping seizures may aid brain development," 31 May 2018 The popularity of marijuana’s non-psychoactive agent CBD has infused therapeutic and cosmetic markets and has also been approved as a treatment for pain relief, anxiety, and childhood epilepsy. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Use Yeast to Produce Cannabinoids Affordably and Efficiently," 1 Mar. 2019 Research shows that some dogs can actually detect a wide array of serious conditions, including seizures related to epilepsy. Alexandra Gekas, Woman's Day, "9 Things Your Dog Is Trying to Tell You, According to Experts," 25 Feb. 2019 The Food and Drug Administration recently approved a highly purified form as the brand-name epilepsy medicine Epidiolex. Teresa Graedon, The Seattle Times, "CBD oil keeps long-distance runner going," 25 Oct. 2018 Doctors certified by the Ohio Medical Board can write recommendations for 21 qualifying conditions, including epilepsy. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati tested the marijuana drug that the FDA has just approved," 27 June 2018 Ganfield, who was medically discharged in 2005 and suffers from visual impairment and epilepsy, says the duke and duchess will make perfect parents. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry & Duchess Meghan Share Baby Joy at Event Close to Harry's Heart," 8 Feb. 2019 But even that job, without benefits, wasn’t enough to support his daughter, who has epilepsy. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "‘I Thought I Was Done For’: Tight Job Market Opens Doors for Ex-Convicts," 19 Dec. 2018 But there's a possibility that doctor's may prescribe Epidiolex for other forms of epilepsy off-label. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Updated: What You Need to Know About Epidiolex, the First FDA-Approved Drug Made From Cannabis," 1 Nov. 2018

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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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