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 epileptic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of epileptic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Penfield wanted to better predict which brain functions would be threatened when surgeons had to remove tumors or chunks of tissue that were triggering epileptic seizures. Emily Underwood, Science | AAAS, 10 June 2021 Tragically, Joyner passed away in 1998 at the age of 38 following an epileptic seizure. Halle Kiefer, Vulture, 4 June 2021 Griffith-Joyner passed away in 1998 of an epileptic seizure. Brooklyn White, Essence, 3 June 2021 Two examples include the promotion of Neurontin as the sole drug for epileptic seizures — even after the FDA's rejection of solo use — as well as marketing the drug as effective for treating bipolar disease. Adrienne Dunn, USA TODAY, 20 May 2021 In 2019, a transgender woman who couldn't afford $500 bail was found dead from an epileptic seizure while in solitary confinement. Larry Neumeister, Star Tribune, 26 May 2021 When André Mills’ 8-year-old daughter was in the hospital on life support after suffering an epileptic seizure in a swimming pool, a most unusual thing happened. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 May 2021 Widely used to combat anxiety, insomnia and inflammation, the FDA has approved the CBD-containing drug Epidiolex to control some types of epileptic seizures. Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2021 Locating the source of an epileptic seizure can be tricky. cleveland, 18 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of epileptic

1605, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jun 2021

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“Epileptic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epileptic. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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 epileptic (audio) \ adverb



Medical Definition of epileptic (Entry 2 of 2)

: one affected with epilepsy

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