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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The parent whose epileptic child needs marijuana to calm her seizures. Steven Senne, The Seattle Times, "Green Tuesday: Crowds line up at 1st East Coast pot shops," 20 Nov. 2018 If your seizures continue despite those measures, your doctor will want to put you on an anti-epileptic drug, Dr. Segil says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Model Robyn Lawley Shares Photos of Her Scars After Having a Seizure and Falling Down Stairs," 16 Aug. 2018 Their research on the post-surgical brain function of epileptic patients led her to reject the then-fashionable theories that memory was a product of Freudian urges or behaviorist stimulus-response chains. Susan Pinker, WSJ, "An Unforgettable Memory Expert Muses at 100," 23 Aug. 2018 Photo: Getty Images Many people think of an epileptic seizure as a convulsion. Suzanne O’sullivan, WSJ, "Confessions of the Miswired Brain," 5 Oct. 2018 People who suffer severe epileptic seizures may one day be able to control or even prevent them with an electronic device implanted directly into the brain. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Implantable brain device could stop epileptic seizures in their tracks," 29 Aug. 2018 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

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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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