Definition of epilepsy in English:

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epilepsy

Pronunciation: /ˈɛpɪlɛpsi/

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.
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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