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Definition of epilepsy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

epilepsy

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈepɪlepsi//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈepɪlepsi//
 
[uncountable]
 
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a disorder of the nervous system that causes a person to become unconscious suddenly, often with violent movements of the body Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from French épilepsie, or via late Latin from Greek epilēpsia, from epilambanein ‘seize, attack’, from epi ‘upon’ + lambanein ‘take hold of’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: epilepsy