EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective pertaining to or symptomatic of epilepsy. Origin of epileptic 1600–10;
Late Latin epilēpticus
-ikos -ic Related forms ep·i·lep·ti·cal·ly, adverb an·ti·ep·i·lep·tic, adjective, noun non·ep·i·lep·tic, adjective, noun post·ep·i·lep·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for epileptics Historical Examples of epileptics
The nose is often twisted in
epileptics, flattened and trilobate in cretins.
The ears of criminals and
epileptics exhibit a number of anomalies. Epileptics, and frequently also hysterical persons have peculiar obsessions.
The beard is scanty in born criminals and often altogether absent in
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 adjective of, relating to, or having epilepsy noun a person who has epilepsy Derived Forms epileptically, 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 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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adj. Affected with epilepsy. Of, relating to, or associated with epilepsy.
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