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a combining form meaning “seizure,” used in the formation of compound words:
Origin of -lepsy
combining form representing New Latin -lēpsia < Greek -lēpsia, equivalent to lêps(is) a seizure (lēp- variant stem of lambánein to seize + -sis -sis) + -ia -y3 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for lepsy


combining form
indicating a seizure or attack: catalepsy
Derived Forms
-leptic, combining_form:in_adjective
Word Origin
from New Latin -lepsia, from Greek, from lēpsis a seizure, from lambanein to seize
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lepsy in Medicine

-lepsy or -lepsis
Seizure: narcolepsy.

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