Definition of epileptic in English:

epileptic

adjective

  • Relating to or having epilepsy.

    ‘he had an epileptic fit’
    • ‘Occasionally, some individuals say they have blurred vision, feelings of unreality, faints, blackouts or even epileptic fits.’
    • ‘He also suffers from epileptic fits and may have Asperger's Syndrome.’
    • ‘For anyone who has not experienced one before, epileptic fits can be terrifying.’
    • ‘These have not been proved to cause epileptic fits, but they can certainly be a source of irritation to other divers.’
    • ‘At 18 months she began to suffer regular epileptic fits, caused by a non malignant tumour on her brain.’
    • ‘They are also usually on medication, being prone to epileptic fits.’
    • ‘During the Middle Ages, Europeans used walnuts to combat fevers, witchcraft, epileptic fits and even to prevent lightning.’
    • ‘She cannot work as she now suffers frequent, violent 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Computer games may be worse than TV because of the patterns and frequencies they use, but either may trigger epileptic fits.’
    • ‘He suffers from epileptic fits, lower limb motor neurone problems, illnesses relating to cerebral palsy and other neurological problems.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A side effect of his condition is that he suffers epileptic fits which recently forced him to spend time as an intensive care patient.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The moments of crisis are filmed like epileptic fits.’
    • ‘It is agreed that there is a continuing risk of his suffering epileptic fits, despite taking medication.’
    • ‘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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This problem is amplified by the fact that one-third of epileptics cannot adequately control their seizures with medication.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some epileptics produce normal scans, while abnormal ones can be caused by other conditions such as migraine or severe mental illness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But, there is no evidence that features like ‘anger’ are more common among epileptics.’
    • ‘If you then add to the mix the devastation rendered by HIV / AIDS, the picture for epileptics is beginning to look pretty bleak.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘People with sensitive lobes have experiences resembling those of epileptics,’ he says.’
    • ‘I never saw myself as someone who could be epileptic, but then I'm sure most epileptics would say the same.’
    • ‘As the number and size of state hospitals increased, however, overcrowded wards housed chronic cases: long-term schizophrenics, the senile, paralytics, and epileptics.’
    • ‘Advocates of such treatment compare patients to individuals who take insulin, epileptics who use antiepileptic drugs, or those who depend upon antirheumatic medications.’
    • ‘The discovery was made while surgeons endeavoured to find the origins of seizures being suffered by four epileptics.’
    • ‘I mention that eighty percent of epileptics in developing countries, where the stigma is worst, have no access to medication.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mega-doses of folic acid can produce convulsions, interfere with the anticonvulsant medication used by epileptics, and disrupt zinc absorption.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

epileptic

/ˌepəˈleptik/