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epilepsy


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Epilepsy  \Ep"i*lep`sy\,  n.  [L.  epilepsia  Gr  ?  a  seizure,  the 
  ``falling  sickness,''  fr  ?  to  take  besides,  seize,  attack; 
  'epi`  upon  besides  +  ?  to  take:  cf  F.  ['e]pilepsie.  Cf 
  {Catalepsy}.]  (Med.) 
  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. 
  --Dunglison. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  epilepsy 
  n  :  a  disorder  of  the  central  nervous  system  characterized  by 
  loss  of  consciousness  and  convulsions 




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