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epileptic

[ep-uh-lep-tik]Pathology
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adjective
  1. pertaining to or symptomatic of epilepsy.
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noun
  1. a person affected by epilepsy.
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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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Examples from the Web for epileptics

Historical Examples

  • The nose is often twisted in epileptics, flattened and trilobate in cretins.

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  • The ears of criminals and epileptics exhibit a number of anomalies.

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  • Epileptics, and frequently also hysterical persons have peculiar obsessions.

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  • The beard is scanty in born criminals and often altogether absent in epileptics.

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  • We can only endure it as we endure to traverse the ward for epileptics in an hospital for the insane.


British Dictionary definitions for epileptics

epileptic

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or having epilepsy
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noun
  1. a person who has epilepsy
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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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epileptics in Medicine

epileptic

(ĕp′ə-lĕptĭk)
n.
  1. One who has epilepsy.
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adj.
  1. Affected with epilepsy.
  2. Of, relating to, or associated with epilepsy.
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