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[ep-uh-lep-tik] /ˌɛp əˈlɛp tɪk/ Pathology
pertaining to or symptomatic of epilepsy.
a person affected by epilepsy.
Origin of epileptic
1600-10; < Late Latin epilēpticus < Greek epilēptikós, equivalent to epílēpt(os) (see epilepsy) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
epileptically, adverb
antiepileptic, adjective, noun
nonepileptic, adjective, noun
postepileptic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for epileptic
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  • After epileptic seizures and attacks of hysteria the writing is shaky.

    Criminal Man Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
  • A burly, bull-necked fellow in the car was attacked with an epileptic fit.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
  • To simply assert that he was an epileptic does not explain these symptoms.

    The Necessity of Atheism Dr. D.M. Brooks
  • The phenomenon is not uncommon, especially with epileptic patients.

    Real Ghost Stories William T. Stead
  • I know something of the disease, and I doubt whether Penreath is an epileptic.

    The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees
British Dictionary definitions for epileptic


of, relating to, or having epilepsy
a person who has epilepsy
Derived Forms
epileptically, adverb
Usage note
Rather than talking about an epileptic or epileptics, it is better to talk about a person with epilepsy and people with epilepsy
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Word Origin and History for epileptic

c.1600, from French épileptique, from Late Latin epilepticus, from Greek epileptikos, from epilambanein (see epilepsy). Earlier adjective was epilentic (late 14c.), from a Greek variant. As a noun from 1650s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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epileptic in Medicine

epileptic ep·i·lep·tic (ěp'ə-lěp'tĭk)
One who has epilepsy. adj.

  1. Affected with epilepsy.

  2. Of, relating to, or associated with epilepsy.

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