ep·​i·​lep·​tic | \ˌe-pə-ˈlep-tik \

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 \ adverb

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Some background: there’s been a lot of anecdotal evidence for some time that CBD (and other cannabinoids) can help treat epileptic conditions. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "Archived chat: STAT on Marijuana-based medicine and drug development," 28 June 2018 Brody’s five now, slogging through 40 hours of therapy a week, autistic and epileptic and as stubborn as the disease that, at its very worse, was causing him to have one or two seizures an hour. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "Andrew Luck still has no pain in throwing shoulder," 27 June 2018 The study found that a ketogenic diet fed to the epileptic mice who lacked either of these bacterial species failed to inhibit seizures. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego startup Bloom Science seeks to fight epilepsy through the gut," 25 May 2018 Her seizures slowed to 12 a day thanks to seven anti-epileptic meds. Lauren Levy, Good Housekeeping, "An Unthinkable Medical Mistake Left Our Daughter with a Severe Brain Injury," 2 Mar. 2018 Parent's of William Plott, 27, describe their journey of dealing with medication of their epileptic son. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati tested the marijuana drug that the FDA has just approved," 27 June 2018 Although Epidiolex was only approved for the two specific conditions, analysts expect doctors to prescribe it off label for a variety of epileptic diseases. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "FDA approves country’s first medicine made from marijuana," 25 June 2018 Patients with an opioid use disorder treated with a medication such as methadone could experience potentially harmful drug interactions if given certain cardiac or anti-epileptic drugs. Melissa Stein, STAT, "Privacy laws are hurting the care of patients with addiction," 13 July 2018 Back home, a coworker tended Heil's rescue dog, which is prone to epileptic seizures. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Concord native flew space mission to an asteroid. Without leaving Houston.," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of epileptic

1605, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of epileptic was in 1605

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English Language Learners Definition of epileptic

medical : having epilepsy : resulting from epilepsy


ep·​i·​lep·​tic | \ˌep-ə-ˈlep-tik \

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 \ adverb



Medical Definition of epileptic (Entry 2 of 2)

: one affected with epilepsy

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