Definition of epilepsy in English:

epilepsy

Line breaks: epi|lepsy
Pronunciation: /ˈɛpɪlɛpsi
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • A neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, or convulsions, associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain.
    More example sentences
    • Narcolepsy has been mistaken for epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, and schizophrenia.
    • Having a learning disability does not cause epilepsy and nor does epilepsy cause a learning disability.
    • Pregnancy in women with epilepsy is associated with an increased risk of fetal malformation.

Origin

mid 16th century: from French épilepsie, or via late Latin from Greek epilēpsia, from epilambanein 'seize, attack', from epi 'upon' + lambanein 'take hold of'.

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