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seizure

[see-zher] /ˈsi ʒər/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of seizing.
2.
the state of being seized.
3.
a taking possession of an item, property, or person legally or by force.
4.
a sudden attack, as of epilepsy or some other disease.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; seize + -ure
Related forms
nonseizure, noun
reseizure, noun
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  • All seizures are caused by abnormal electrical disturbances in the brain.
British Dictionary definitions for seizures

seizure

/ˈsiːʒə/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of seizing or the state of being seized
2.
(pathol) a sudden manifestation or recurrence of a disease, such as an epileptic convulsion
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Word Origin and History for seizures

seizure

n.

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

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seizures in Medicine

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

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seizures in Science
seizure
  (sē'zhər)   
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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