epilepsy meaning, epilepsy definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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epilepsy

  

      n   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 epilepsia, from Greek, from epilambanein to attack, seize, from lambanein to take)  
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