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

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Last month, Boyce died in his sleep following an epileptic seizure at the age of 20, and his friends and family have shared many fond remembrances and launched a nonprofit in his memory in the weeks that followed. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, China McClain & More Share Cameron Boyce Memories From 'Descendants 3' Set," 3 Aug. 2019 Nearly three weeks after the Disney Channel star suddenly died at age 20 from an epileptic seizure, his father Victor Boyce and sister Maya Boyce joined Ortega, 69, in Hollywood, California as the director received his star on the Walk of Fame. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Cameron Boyce’s Family Makes Appearance at Descendants Director’s Walk of Fame Ceremony," 24 July 2019 His death was caused by an epileptic seizure, his family says. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney: ‘Descendants’ dance party in the works," 22 July 2019 When the son was 5, epileptic seizures confined his father to a sanitarium and forced him to give up the family’s feed and grain business. Los Angeles Times, "William Dannemeyer, former O.C. congressman and anti-gay crusader, dies at 89," 15 July 2019 She was then examined by a nurse, who noted the woman had an electric device implanted in her chest designed to stop epileptic seizures. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Denver jail deputy fired, 2 others disciplined for not helping woman suffering from hours of epileptic seizures in cell," 3 July 2019 The kick was so hard that Rosales was left with a broken nose and later had an epileptic seizure, according to the complaint filed in federal court. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Common Council approves offering up to $160,000 to handcuffed man kicked by Milwaukee cop," 18 June 2019 Anti-epileptic drugs, particularly the newest ones, are increasingly prescribed for medical conditions unrelated to epilepsy. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Epilepsy drugs linked to higher risk of birth defects, study says," 12 June 2019 Rosales was kicked so hard by Officer Michael L. Gasser that he was left with a broken nose and later had an epileptic seizure, according to the complaint filed in federal court. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Proposal to offer up to $160,000 to handcuffed man kicked by Milwaukee cop moves forward," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of epileptic

1605, in the meaning defined above

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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 epileptically (audio) \ adverb



Medical Definition of epileptic (Entry 2 of 2)

: one affected with epilepsy

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