Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Affected with epilepsy.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or associated with epilepsy.
  • n. One who has epilepsy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or relating to epilepsy.
  • adj. Of, or relating to an epileptic or epileptics, epileptic people.
  • n. A person who has epilepsy.
  • n. A medicine for the cure of epilepsy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, affected with, or of the nature of, epilepsy.
  • n. One affected with epilepsy.
  • n. A medicine for the cure of epilepsy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of epilepsy.
  • Affected with epilepsy.
  • n. One affected with epilepsy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or characteristic of epilepsy
  • n. a person who has epilepsy

Etymologies

French épileptique, from Late Latin epilēpticus, from Greek epilēptikos, from epilēpsis, epilepsy; see epilepsy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
epi- + -leptic (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Saturday Night Live's Kristen Wiig, the boys of Flight of the Conchords managed to mispronounce the word epileptic in about a handful of different ways, give a number of dogs seizures with their strobe lights, and wrestle each other to the ground in a catfight-like manner.

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  • Certain epileptic patients, known as split-brain patients, have had the corpus callosum surgically severed in order to control their seizures (although I believe there are better treatments now, so that the operation is no longer practiced). [

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  • Lyrica is an anti-epileptic, which is probably why it helps.

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  • I hope to show that the main roots of the so-called epileptic alteration in general necessarily lie in the primary make-up of such individuals, and that the seizure phenomena of epilepsy only intensify and make more marked the fundamental make-up when the disease has definitely fastened itself upon the individual.

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

  • I may say, however, that I have some data already at hand in which certain types of epileptic phenomena connected with infantile cerebral hemiplegia would show that the so-called epileptic constitution is much less marked in these cases, but is present, however, to a certain degree.

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

  • The essential kernel of Stekel's view is that the epileptic is a repressed criminal.

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

  • "The so-called epileptic cry is not invariably present, and petit mal is sometimes the half-way house to haut mal," responded Sir Henry.

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  • Trey had 50 seizures a day, known as epileptic spasms.

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  • Okay, not actually that helpful, but it does appear to be superior to The Gathering Storm's depiction of Rand al'Thor having some kind of epileptic fit in front of the Addams Family house, even though it appears that Sweet is trading even more on past glories this is no less than his twenty-first piece of cover art for the series by my count.

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  • Think of it as “a kind of epileptic, subject to unpredictable, strange seizures.”

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  • One of the soldiers in "Black Hawk Down" was this.

    September 10, 2012

  • Perhaps, but I bet he'd have preferred being called: a person who has epilepsy. :)

    May 8, 2008

  • Alexander the Great was an epileptic.

    May 7, 2008