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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 epileptics
Historical Examples
  • The nose is often twisted in epileptics, flattened and trilobate in cretins.

    Criminal Man Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
  • epileptics, and frequently also hysterical persons have peculiar obsessions.

    Criminal Man Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
  • The beard is scanty in born criminals and often altogether absent in epileptics.

    Criminal Man Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
  • The ears of criminals and epileptics exhibit a number of anomalies.

    Criminal Man Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
  • We can only endure it as we endure to traverse the ward for epileptics in an hospital for the insane.

  • epileptics used to suck the blood from the wounds of dying gladiators.

    Medical Essays Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Among those cured were epileptics, paralytics, and the blind.

  • Provision for additional cottages at the hospital for epileptics.

    Cox--The Man Roger W. Babson
  • epileptics are liable to have fits at any time, but some patients have them at night only.

    How to Care for the Insane William D. Granger
  • His data are derived from epileptics and others mentally affected.

    Finger Prints Francis Galton
British Dictionary definitions for epileptics


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for epileptics



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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epileptics 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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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