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falling sickness

Origin of falling sickness
First recorded in 1520-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We often see a woman or man afflicted with fits or falling sickness which the doctor has failed to cure.

    Philosophy of Osteopathy Andrew T. Still
  • "You don't mean to say you've got the falling sickness," said Captain Johns.

    Tales Of Hearsay Joseph Conrad
  • The East Africans believe that falling sickness is due to spirits.

    Religion & Sex Chapman Cohen
  • The falling sickness afflicts him, and he in turn afflicts us.

    Jeremiah Stefan Zweig
  • Dr. Faustus was sent for to come to the Marshal of Brunswick, who was marvellously troubled with the falling sickness.

    Mediaeval Tales Various
  • Perchance the child is threatened with the falling sickness.

    Joan of Arc Lucy Foster Madison
  • These rings were supposed to cure cramp and the "falling sickness."

  • He was likewise twice seized with the falling sickness while engaged in active service.

  • A nervous disease accompanied by fits in which consciousness is lost; the falling sickness.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
  • He was crazy both in body and mind, being subject, when a boy, to the falling sickness.

British Dictionary definitions for falling sickness

falling sickness

a former name (nontechnical) for epilepsy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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