from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various neurological disorders characterized by sudden recurring attacks of motor, sensory, or psychic malfunction with or without loss of consciousness or convulsive seizures.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A medical condition in which the sufferer experiences seizures (or convulsions) and blackouts.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The “falling sickness,” so called because the patient falls suddenly to the ground; a disease characterized by paroxysms (or fits) occurring at interval and attended by sudden loss of consciousness, and convulsive motions of the muscles.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A disease of the brain characterized by recurrent attacks of loss of consciousness with severe muscular spasm (major attack), or
- n. loss of consciousness attended with little or no muscular disturbance, or, rarely, slight muscular spasm without loss of consciousness (minor attack).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a disorder of the central nervous system characterized by loss of consciousness and convulsions
French épilepsie, from Latin epilēpsia, from Greek epilēpsis, from epilambanein, epilēp-, to lay hold of : epi-, epi- + lambanein, to seize.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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"). (Wiktionary)