Epilepsy meaning

ĕpə-lĕpsē
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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.

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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.
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A recurrent disorder of the nervous system, characterized by seizures of excessive brain activity which cause mental and physical dysfunction, as convulsions, unconsciousness, etc.
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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.
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Any of various neurological disorders characterized by recurrent seizures. Epilepsy is caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain.
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(pathology) A medical condition in which the sufferer experiences seizures (convulsions) and blackouts.
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Origin of epilepsy

  • French épilepsie from Latin epilēpsia from Greek epilēpsis from epilambanein epilēp- to lay hold of epi- epi- lambanein to seize

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary