Definition of epileptic in English:

epileptic

adjective

  • Relating to or suffering from epilepsy.

    ‘he had an epileptic fit’
    • ‘These have not been proved to cause epileptic fits, but they can certainly be a source of irritation to other divers.’
    • ‘Computer games may be worse than TV because of the patterns and frequencies they use, but either may trigger epileptic fits.’
    • ‘It is agreed that there is a continuing risk of his suffering epileptic fits, despite taking medication.’
    • ‘A side effect of his condition is that he suffers epileptic fits which recently forced him to spend time as an intensive care patient.’
    • ‘He also suffers from epileptic fits and may have Asperger's Syndrome.’
    • ‘During the Middle Ages, Europeans used walnuts to combat fevers, witchcraft, epileptic fits and even to prevent lightning.’
    • ‘For anyone who has not experienced one before, epileptic fits can be terrifying.’
    • ‘Occasionally, some individuals say they have blurred vision, feelings of unreality, faints, blackouts or even epileptic fits.’
    • ‘She cannot work as she now suffers frequent, violent epileptic fits.’
    • ‘At 18 months she began to suffer regular epileptic fits, caused by a non malignant tumour on her brain.’
    • ‘He suffers from epileptic fits, lower limb motor neurone problems, illnesses relating to cerebral palsy and other neurological problems.’
    • ‘They are also usually on medication, being prone to epileptic fits.’
    • ‘Febrile convulsions can be frightening for parents, especially as they look like epileptic fits.’
    • ‘A student died after developing a rare compulsive disorder that led him to seek hospital treatment he did not need for fake epileptic fits.’
    • ‘The moments of crisis are filmed like epileptic fits.’
    • ‘He worked as a farm labourer until he started to have a set of epileptic fits and he expired, as I say, eleven and a half years after the accident.’
    • ‘While it may cause epileptic fits or heart palpitations in the uninitiated, for the dedicated they just don't make them as good as this one.’
    • ‘In severe cases there may be weakness of the muscles, paralysis, speech disturbances, double vision or partial loss of the field of vision, and epileptic fits.’
    • ‘Family and friends say he was prone to epileptic fits, which were often brought on after binge drinking, though no alcohol was found in his blood after he died.’
    • ‘The old charge, that he was an epileptic and that his revelations occurred when he was in the grip of epileptic fits, is now universally rejected by all serious scholars.’

noun

  • A person who has epilepsy.

    • ‘In reply to a letter about transport services for diagnosed epileptics, he confirmed that a review will extend the scheme to include a wider range of disabled people, including those prevented from driving because of epilepsy.’
    • ‘This problem is amplified by the fact that one-third of epileptics cannot adequately control their seizures with medication.’
    • ‘I never saw myself as someone who could be epileptic, but then I'm sure most epileptics would say the same.’
    • ‘Some epileptics avoid normal activities because they fear the consequences of having seizures in public.’
    • ‘The subtleties of the disease are lost on many, and that's a great problem for many epileptics today.’
    • ‘Her mother sent her to a school for epileptics and she seemed to recover until, when she was 13, she started having seizures every day.’
    • ‘Of course we do not know an art of dyspeptics or of people with knee complaints; yet we do know an art of schizophrenics, of manic-depressives, of epileptics, and of people with cerebral damage.’
    • ‘The discovery was made while surgeons endeavoured to find the origins of seizures being suffered by four epileptics.’
    • ‘Advocates of such treatment compare patients to individuals who take insulin, epileptics who use antiepileptic drugs, or those who depend upon antirheumatic medications.’
    • ‘‘People with sensitive lobes have experiences resembling those of epileptics,’ he says.’
    • ‘It may disrupt the patterns of synchronized electrical activity that constitute a seizure, or it may change the way blood flows through the brain in a way that's beneficial to epileptics.’
    • ‘I mention that eighty percent of epileptics in developing countries, where the stigma is worst, have no access to medication.’
    • ‘Some epileptics produce normal scans, while abnormal ones can be caused by other conditions such as migraine or severe mental illness.’
    • ‘But, there is no evidence that features like ‘anger’ are more common among epileptics.’
    • ‘Mega-doses of folic acid can produce convulsions, interfere with the anticonvulsant medication used by epileptics, and disrupt zinc absorption.’
    • ‘If you then add to the mix the devastation rendered by HIV / AIDS, the picture for epileptics is beginning to look pretty bleak.’
    • ‘As the number and size of state hospitals increased, however, overcrowded wards housed chronic cases: long-term schizophrenics, the senile, paralytics, and epileptics.’
    • ‘It affects ten per cent of the population and there are more than six million migraine sufferers in the UK - more than the number of diabetics, epileptics and asthmatics combined.’
    • ‘Epileptic seizures can be fatal and many epileptics are seriously injured when the normal working of the neurones in the brain is interrupted for a few minutes, so some sufferers get specially trained dogs to detect a seizure.’
    • ‘In that time, he has come up with some rather wonderful inventions, including a sign-language telephone system for deaf people and a device to save epileptics from drowning in the bath.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from French épileptique, via late Latin from Greek epilēptikos, from epilēpsia (see epilepsy).

Pronunciation

epileptic

/ˌɛpɪˈlɛptɪk/