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a combining form meaning “seizure,” used in the formation of compound words: epilepsy.
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Origin of -lepsy

Combining form representing New Latin -lēpsia<Greek -lēpsia, equivalent to lêps(is) a seizure (lēp- variant stem of lambánein to seize + -sis-sis) + -ia-y3
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British Dictionary definitions for -lepsy

-lepsy

sometimes -lepsia


n combining form
indicating a seizure or attackcatalepsy

Derived forms of -lepsy

-leptic, adj combining form

Word Origin for -lepsy

from New Latin -lepsia, from Greek, from lēpsis a seizure, from lambanein to seize
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Medical definitions for -lepsy

-lepsy

suff.
Seizure:narcolepsy.
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