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[see-zher] /ˈsi ʒər/
the act or an instance of seizing.
the state of being seized.
a taking possession of an item, property, or person legally or by force.
a sudden attack, as of epilepsy or some other disease.
Origin of seizure
1475-85; seize + -ure
Related forms
nonseizure, noun
reseizure, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for seizure
  • Set against the dangers of all-out financial seizure, these risks seem worth taking.
  • The type of seizure depends on the part of the brain affected and cause of epilepsy.
  • She often has more than one seizure a day, mostly at night.
  • In a news release the following day, the school blamed the closure on the seizure of its bank accounts by its major lender.
  • One ruling-party firebrand talks of seizure without compensation.
  • The seizure of this cash means some smugglers will not be able to make payments for their criminal activities.
  • Some dogs, for example, can predict when their owner is about to have a seizure.
  • In this respect, a seizure is akin to ventricular fibrillation where heart muscle cells depolarize before fully repolarizing.
  • About ten minutes into his lecture he had a grand mal seizure.
  • Some unconscious, some screaming, some locked in seizure.
British Dictionary definitions for seizure


the act or an instance of seizing or the state of being seized
(pathol) a sudden manifestation or recurrence of a disease, such as an epileptic convulsion
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Word Origin and History for seizure

"act of seizing," late 15c., from seize + -ure. Meaning "sudden attack of illness" is attested from 1779.

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seizure in Medicine

seizure sei·zure (sē'zhər)
A sudden attack, spasm, or convulsion, as in epilepsy.

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seizure in Science
A sudden episode of transient neurologic symptoms such as involuntary muscle movements, sensory disturbances and altered consciousness. A seizure is caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain, which is often diagnosed on an electroencephalogram. See also epilepsy.
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