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

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 Marcela didn’t know it at the time, but the boy had a history of epileptic seizures. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, 21 June 2022 After trying several medications with no results, the only option left for Griffin McConnell was a hemispherotomy to remove part of his brain in hopes to control his epileptic seizures, according to Stanford Children's Health's website. Fox News, 6 May 2022 The driver had suffered an epileptic seizure and veered onto the sidewalk. Geir Moulson And Frank Jordans, Anchorage Daily News, 8 June 2022 These electrodes monitor the brain’s epileptic seizures so the neurosurgeons know where – and where not – to operate. David Caldwell, The Conversation, 30 Mar. 2022 Epileptic seizures: Can yoga and music therapy help control epileptic seizures? Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 9 Mar. 2022 Doctors also told her she’s at risk of becoming epileptic or suffering from facial paralysis in the future. Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Dec. 2021 The Sunset High 18-year-old created a programmatic model for predicting whether someone is going to have an epileptic seizure. oregonlive, 11 Jan. 2022 These are technically called psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES). Patti Greco, Health.com, 9 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of epileptic

1605, in the meaning defined above

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“Epileptic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epileptic. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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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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Nglish: Translation of epileptic for Spanish Speakers


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