epileptic

[ep-uh-lep-tik]Pathology
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adjective

pertaining to or symptomatic of epilepsy.

noun

a person affected by epilepsy.

Nearby words

  1. epilation,
  2. epilator,
  3. epilatory,
  4. epilemma,
  5. epilepsy,
  6. epileptiform,
  7. epileptogenic,
  8. epileptogenic zone,
  9. epileptoid,
  10. epilimnion

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 epileptics

epileptic

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 epileptics

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 epileptics

epileptic

[ĕp′ə-lĕptĭk]

n.

One who has epilepsy.

adj.

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

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