- 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.
a recurrent disorder of the nervous system, characterized by seizures of excessive brain activity which cause mental and physical dysfunction, as convulsions, unconsciousness, etc.
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
Any of various neurological disorders marked by sudden recurring attacks of motor, sensory, or cognitive dysfunction, with or without convulsive seizures or loss of consciousness. Also called seizure disorder.
Origin of epilepsyFrench épilepsie, from Latin epilēpsia, from Greek epilēpsis, from epilambanein, epilēp-, to lay hold of : epi-, epi- + lambanein, to seize.
- (pathology) A medical condition in which the sufferer experiences seizures (convulsions) and blackouts.