One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Epilepsy (supposedly) caused by distension or disorder of the stomach. rare. Now historical.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Trevisa (c1342–?1402), translator. From Middle French analepsie (French analepsie) type of epilepsy and its etymon post-classical Latin analepsia (also analempsia) gastric epilepsy from ancient Greek ἀνάληψις + classical Latin -ia, apparently so called because the disorder was thought to affect the upper parts of the head.
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