- pertaining to or symptomatic of epilepsy.
- a person affected by epilepsy.
Origin of epileptic
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Examples from the Web for epileptics
The nose is often twisted in epileptics, flattened and trilobate in cretins.
Epileptics, and frequently also hysterical persons have peculiar obsessions.
The beard is scanty in born criminals and often altogether absent in epileptics.
The ears of criminals and epileptics exhibit a number of anomalies.
We can only endure it as we endure to traverse the ward for epileptics in an hospital for the insane.Diderot and the Encyclopdists
- of, relating to, or having epilepsy
- a person who has epilepsy
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
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- One who has epilepsy.
- Affected with epilepsy.
- Of, relating to, or associated with epilepsy.
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