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ep·i·lep·sy

 (ĕp′ə-lĕp′sē)
n. pl. ep·i·lep·sies
Any of various neurological disorders marked by sudden recurring attacks of motor, sensory, or cognitive dysfunction, with or without convulsive seizures or loss of consciousness. Also called seizure disorder.

[French épilepsie, from Latin epilēpsia, from Greek epilēpsis, from epilambanein, epilēp-, to lay hold of : epi-, epi- + lambanein, to seize.]

epilepsy

(ˈɛpɪˌlɛpsɪ)
n
(Pathology) a disorder of the central nervous system characterized by periodic loss of consciousness with or without convulsions. In some cases it is due to brain damage but in others the cause is unknown. See also grand mal, petit mal
[C16: from Late Latin epilēpsia, from Greek, from epilambanein to attack, seize, from lambanein to take]

ep•i•lep•sy

(ˈɛp əˌlɛp si)

n.
a disorder of the nervous system, characterized either by mild, episodic loss of attention or sleepiness (petit mal) or by severe convulsions with loss of consciousness (grand mal).
[1570–80; < Late Latin epilēpsia < Greek epilēpsía epileptic seizure, derivative of epilambánein to get hold of, attack]

ep·i·lep·sy

(ĕp′ə-lĕp′sē)
A disorder characterized by a tendency to have seizures. It is caused by an abnormal discharge of electrical activity in the brain.

epilepsy

a disease of the nervous system characterized by convulsions, often leading to unconsciousness. — epileptic, n., adj.
See also: Disease and Illness

epilepsy

Recurrent and abnormal seizures caused by abnormal and irregular discharges of electricity from the millions of neurons (nerve cells) in the brain.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.epilepsy - a disorder of the central nervous system characterized by loss of consciousness and convulsions
epileptic seizure - convulsions accompanied by impaired consciousness
brain disease, brain disorder, encephalopathy - any disorder or disease of the brain
akinetic epilepsy - epilepsy characterized by akinesia
cortical epilepsy, focal epilepsy - epilepsy in which the attacks begins with an isolated disturbance of cerebral function (as a twitching of a limb or an illusory sensation or a mental disturbance)
epilepsia major, generalized epilepsy, grand mal, grand mal epilepsy - epilepsy in which the attacks involve loss of consciousness and tonic spasms of the musculature followed by generalized jerking
Lafora's disease, myoclonus epilepsy - epilepsy characterized by clonus of muscle groups and progressive mental deterioration and genetic origin
epilepsia minor, petit mal, petit mal epilepsy - epilepsy characterized by paroxysmal attacks of brief clouding of consciousness (and possibly other abnormalities); "she has been suffering from petit mal since childhood"
posttraumatic epilepsy, traumatic epilepsy - a convulsive epileptic state caused by a head injury
procursive epilepsy - epilepsy in which a seizure is induced by whirling or running
psychomotor epilepsy, temporal lobe epilepsy - epilepsy characterized clinically by impairment of consciousness and amnesia for the episode; often involves purposeful movements of the arms and legs and sometimes hallucinations
reflex epilepsy - a form of epilepsy in which attacks are induced by peripheral stimulation
status epilepticus - a condition in which there are continuing attacks of epilepsy without intervals of consciousness; can lead to brain damage and death
tonic epilepsy - epilepsy in which the body is rigid during the seizure
Translations
صَرْع
epilepsie
epilepsi
epilepsia
epilepsijapadavica
epilepszia
flogaveiki
epilepsijaepileptikas
epilepsija, krītamā kaite
epilepsia
epilepsijapadavicaепилепсијападавица

epilepsy

[ˈepɪlepsɪ] Nepilepsia f

epilepsy

[ˈɛpɪlɛpsi] népilepsie f

epilepsy

nEpilepsie f

epilepsy

[ˈɛpɪˌlɛpsɪ] nepilessia

epilepsy

(ˈepilepsi) noun
a disease of the nervous system causing attacks of unconsciousness, usually with violent movements of the body.
ˌepiˈleptic (-tik) noun, adjective
(a person who is) suffering from epilepsy.
adjective
of, or caused by, epilepsy. She has epileptic fits.

ep·i·lep·sy

n. epilepsia, desorden neurológico gen. crónico y con frecuencia hereditario que se manifiesta con ataques o convulsiones y a veces con pérdida del conocimiento.

epilepsy

n epilepsia
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