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[ep-uh-lep-tik] /ˌɛp əˈlɛp tɪk/ Pathology
pertaining to or symptomatic of epilepsy.
a person affected by epilepsy.
Origin of epileptic
1600-10; < Late Latin epilēpticus < Greek epilēptikós, equivalent to epílēpt(os) (see epilepsy) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
epileptically, adverb
antiepileptic, adjective, noun
nonepileptic, adjective, noun
postepileptic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for epileptic
  • People cried that new sorts of light would give them migraine and epileptic fits.
  • He was subject to bouts of melancholy and what were probably epileptic fits early in life.
  • Her work involved testing memory and brain function in epileptic patients who had had partial lobotomies.
  • The results supported their hopes: it seemed that using electricity was an effective way to produce an epileptic fit.
  • He is seriously injured, and eventually becomes epileptic.
  • They also yelled at old people, one of them had an epileptic seizure.
  • After all, epileptic bursts of electricity in the brain alone can trigger everything from desire to ecstasy.
  • The procedure was meant to stop his epileptic seizures.
  • You'll give someone an epileptic fit if you keep this up.
  • He does this to pin down the source of debilitating seizures in the brains of epileptic patients.
British Dictionary definitions for epileptic


of, relating to, or having epilepsy
a person who has epilepsy
Derived Forms
epileptically, adverb
Usage note
Rather than talking about an epileptic or epileptics, it is better to talk about a person with epilepsy and people with epilepsy
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Word Origin and History for epileptic

c.1600, from French épileptique, from Late Latin epilepticus, from Greek epileptikos, from epilambanein (see epilepsy). Earlier adjective was epilentic (late 14c.), from a Greek variant. As a noun from 1650s.

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epileptic in Medicine

epileptic ep·i·lep·tic (ěp'ə-lěp'tĭk)
One who has epilepsy. adj.

  1. Affected with epilepsy.

  2. Of, relating to, or associated with epilepsy.

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