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 formsep·i·lep·ti·cal·ly, adverban·ti·ep·i·lep·tic, adjective, nounnon·ep·i·lep·tic, adjective, nounpost·ep·i·lep·tic, adjective
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Historical Examples of epileptic

  • After epileptic seizures and attacks of hysteria the writing is shaky.

    Criminal Man

    Gina Lombroso-Ferrero

  • A burly, bull-necked fellow in the car was attacked with an epileptic fit.


    Charles Godfrey Leland

  • To simply assert that he was an epileptic does not explain these symptoms.

  • The phenomenon is not uncommon, especially with epileptic patients.

    Real Ghost Stories

    William T. Stead

  • He had seen no signs which suggested, to his mind, that prisoner was an epileptic.

    The Shrieking Pit

    Arthur J. Rees

British Dictionary definitions for epileptic



of, relating to, or having epilepsy


a person who has epilepsy
Derived Formsepileptically, adverb


Rather than talking about an epileptic or epileptics, it is better to talk about a person with epilepsy and people with epilepsy
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Word Origin and History for epileptic

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.

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Medicine definitions for epileptic




One who has epilepsy.


Affected with epilepsy.
Of, relating to, or associated with epilepsy.
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