epileptic

[ ep-uh-lep-tik ]
/ ˌɛp əˈlɛp tɪk /
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adjective

pertaining to or symptomatic of epilepsy.

noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for epileptic

epileptic

/ (ˌɛpɪˈlɛptɪk) /

adjective

of, relating to, or having epilepsy

noun

a person who has epilepsy
Derived Formsepileptically, adverb

usage

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

epileptic


adj.

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

epileptic

[ ĕp′ə-lĕptĭk ]

n.

One who has epilepsy.

adj.

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