- 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).
Origin of epilepsy
Related Words for epilepsytremor, cramp, contraction, seizure, paroxysm, attack, contortion, fit, throe, epilepsy
Examples from the Web for epilepsy
Contemporary Examples of epilepsy
There are many written descriptions of physical disabilities, epilepsy, and mental illness from all eras.Living With Disability in the Dark Ages
July 22, 2014
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
May 13, 2014
Recently, they received a call from a man who suffers from epilepsy and was saved after his Hövding inflated during a seizure.Helmet Haute Couture: The Invisible Helmet Revolutionizing Bike Safety
December 19, 2013
The young German had been diagnosed with epilepsy in 2010 and was on medication to manage the condition.Did Bank of America Merrill Lynch Intern Moritz Erhardt Die of Stress?
November 22, 2013
This video kicks off with a seizure warning for viewers with epilepsy.Alicia Keys, Will.i.am & More Best Music Videos of the Week (VIDEO)
April 26, 2013
Historical Examples of epilepsy
And in other cases, asthma, dropsy, and epilepsy are caused.Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I
Have you ever seen any signs of epilepsy in Lady Penreath's son—the prisoner at the bar?
How long does it usually take for a man to recover from an attack of epilepsy?
I brought him back as if from a fit of epilepsy by the interjection of the word, "Siren."
Often it puts on the symptoms of epilepsy, or heart disease, or consumption.The Physical Life of Woman:
Dr. George H Napheys
Word Origin for epilepsy
Word Origin and History for epilepsy
1570s, from Middle French epilepsie (16c.), from Late Latin epilepsia, from Greek epilepsia "seizure," from epi "upon" (see epi-) + lepsis "seizure," from leps-, future stem of lambanein "take hold of, grasp" (see analemma).
Earlier was epilencie (late 14c.), from Middle French epilence, with form influenced by pestilence. The native name was falling sickness.
- Any of various neurological disorders characterized by sudden, recurring attacks of motor, sensory, or psychic malfunction with or without loss of consciousness or convulsive seizures.seizure disorder
- Any of various neurological disorders characterized by recurrent seizures. Epilepsy is caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain.