epileptic

[ep-uh-lep-tik] Pathology.
adjective
1.
pertaining to or symptomatic of epilepsy.
noun
2.
a person affected by epilepsy.

Origin:
1600–10; < Late Latin epilēpticus < Greek epilēptikós, equivalent to epílēpt(os) (see epilepsy) + -ikos -ic

epileptically, adverb
antiepileptic, adjective, noun
nonepileptic, adjective, noun
postepileptic, adjective
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epileptic (ˌɛpɪˈlɛptɪk)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or having epilepsy
 
n
2.  a person who has epilepsy
 
usage  Rather than talking about an epileptic or epileptics, it is better to talk about a person with epilepsy and people with epilepsy
 
epi'leptically
 
adv

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epileptic
c.1600 (adj.), 1650s (n.), from Fr. epileptique, from L. epilepticus, from Gk. epileptikos, from epilambanein (see epilepsy). Earlier adjective was epilentic (late 14c.), from a Gk. variant.
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epileptic ep·i·lep·tic (ěp'ə-lěp'tĭk)
n.
One who has epilepsy. adj.

  1. Affected with epilepsy.

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

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Example sentences
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.
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