- Epilepsy is defined as the name for a neurological disorder that results in seizures due to excessive brain activity.
A person who repeatedly has grand mal seizures is an example of someone who has epilepsy.
Origin of epilepsyOld French epilepsie ; from Late Latin epilepsia ; from Classical Greek epilēpsia, epilēpsis, literally , a seizure, hence epilepsy ; from epilambanein, to seize upon ; from epi-, upon + lambanein, to seize: see latch
Origin of epilepsyFrench épilepsie, from Latin epilēpsia, from Greek epilēpsis, from epilambanein, epilēp-, to lay hold of : epi-, epi- + lambanein, to seize.
(countable and uncountable, plural epilepsies)
Since 16th century; from Old French epilepsie, from Latin epilēpsia, from Ancient Greek ἐπιληψία (epilēpsia), from ἐπιλαμβάνω (epilambanō, “I seize”), from ἐπί (epi, “upon”) + λαμβάνω (lambanō, “I take”).