ep·​i·​lep·​tic | \ ˌe-pə-ˈlep-tik How to pronounce epileptic (audio) \

Definition of epileptic

: relating to, affected with, or having the characteristics of epilepsy an epileptic seizure

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Other Words from epileptic

epileptic noun
epileptically \ ˌe-​pə-​ˈlep-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce epileptically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of epileptic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Brooklyn protest, organized by the Okra Project and Marsha P Johnson Institute, among others, also honored the life of Layleen Polanco, 27, who died last year after experiencing an epileptic seizure in solitary confinement at Rikers Island. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "Two Black transgender women were killed last week. Thousands showed up to protest," 16 June 2020 Polanco was a transgender woman who died last June after an epileptic seizure while in solitary confinement at Rikers Island jail. NBC News, "Rally for Black trans lives draws enormous crowd in Brooklyn," 14 June 2020 Polanco, an AfroLatinx transgender woman, died in June of 2019 while being held in solitary confinement following an epileptic seizure at Riker's Island. Lauren Holt, CNN, "Thousands show up for black trans people in nationwide protests," 14 June 2020 Aamenah wrote about being a 12-year-old girl who lives with an epileptic brother and ways and ideas that can help people better engage with children who have special needs. cleveland, "Several Avon merchants plan to hold annual antique festival: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 6 June 2020 Boyce, who would have been 21 on Thursday, died suddenly last July after suffering an epileptic seizure. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "Adam Sandler wishes his late Grown Ups son Cameron Boyce a happy 21st birthday," 29 May 2020 The petition uses a YouTube video of an epileptic dog named Tecumseh to illustrate the suffering associated with the condition. Morgan Lee, chicagotribune.com, "New Mexico petition seeks medical marijuana for ailing household pets," 22 Nov. 2019 The petition uses a YouTube video of an epileptic dog named Tecumseh to illustrate the suffering associated with the condition. BostonGlobe.com, "Five new petitions submitted to the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board seek new qualifying medical conditions for patients in the state’s medical marijuana program. The board meets in December.," 22 Nov. 2019 Boyce, who died last July at the age of 20 after suffering an epileptic seizure, plays Simon Ostergaard, a teenager, aspiring singer, and DIY concert promoter. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "Cameron Boyce looks into black magic in teaser for his final project, Paradise City," 1 May 2020

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First Known Use of epileptic

1605, in the meaning defined above

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24 Jun 2020

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“Epileptic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epileptic. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce epileptic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of epileptic

medical : having epilepsy : resulting from epilepsy


ep·​i·​lep·​tic | \ ˌep-ə-ˈlep-tik How to pronounce epileptic (audio) \

Medical Definition of epileptic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to, affected with, or having the characteristics of epilepsy

Other Words from epileptic

epileptically \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce epileptically (audio) \ adverb



Medical Definition of epileptic (Entry 2 of 2)

: one affected with epilepsy

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