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falling sickness

noun
  1. epilepsy.
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Origin of falling sickness

First recorded in 1520–30
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Historical Examples of falling sickness

  • Even the roof, not of you be it said, has the falling-sickness—it hangs by a hair.

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  • It is good against the Falling-sickness, and giddiness in the head, it cleanseth the Reins and Bladder.

  • He who kisses it is preserved for seven days from falling-sickness, apoplexy, and sudden death.'

  • It was a sickness, I believe, like the falling-sickness that comes to old men; and in time I grew better and dreamed no more.


British Dictionary definitions for falling sickness

falling sickness

falling evil

noun
  1. a former name (nontechnical) for epilepsy
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