a disorder of the nervous system, characterized either by mild, episodic loss of attention or sleepiness (petit mal ) or by severe convulsions with loss of consciousness (grand mal ).
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How to use epilepsy in a sentence
The condition can be present at birth, but people can develop epilepsy over the course of their lifetime, as Ruppert did.A journalist had a seizure while playing ‘Cyberpunk 2077.’ Then she helped change the game. | Elise Favis | December 31, 2020 | Washington Post
Under this law, private companies have been able to bring patients hundreds of treatments—including the epilepsy drug Lyrica, the ovarian and breast cancer therapy Taxol, and the multiple sclerosis medication Tcelna.Why we shouldn’t give up on bipartisanship, even now | jakemeth | November 3, 2020 | Fortune
I’ve made an application to self-quarantine on the basis of epilepsy.
However, looking ahead, the study is a sure-footed step towards transforming a powerful research technology into a clinical therapy that could potentially help people with neurological problems, such as depression or epilepsy.Scientists Found a New Way to Control the Brain With Light—No Surgery Required | Shelly Fan | October 13, 2020 | Singularity Hub
The heart of Mo-DBRS’s brain recording and stimulation setup is a medical device called NeuroPace, which is often implanted inside the skull to help epilepsy patients control their seizures.Want to Decode the Human Brain? There’s a New System for That, and It’s Pretty Wild | Shelly Fan | September 22, 2020 | Singularity Hub
Naturalism tells us that mystics had temporal lobe epilepsy.
Compulsive writing, or hypergraphia, is a well-known, if uncommon, symptom of temporal lobe epilepsy.
The connection between temporal lobe epilepsy and creativity is well known.
There are many written descriptions of physical disabilities, epilepsy, and mental illness from all eras.
In the 18th century, epilepsy marked a person as evil, full of sin, possessed by the devil.Dick and Lynne Cheney Play the Founding Fathers for Laughs | Eleanor Clift | May 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This indicates that cases of epilepsy comparatively rarely come under observation after the age of forty.
No family history of epilepsy, insanity, nervous or other hereditary disorders in 59 per cent.
The clinical aspects of epilepsy are especially difficult to investigate with exactitude.
From these details it is evident that epilepsy is not of necessity associated with impairment of the physical or mental health.
Another variety of epilepsy is that which is characterized by the time at which the attacks occur.
British Dictionary definitions for epilepsy
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Scientific definitions for epilepsy
Any of various neurological disorders characterized by recurrent seizures. Epilepsy is caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain.
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Cultural definitions for epilepsy
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