Part of speech: noun

A chronic nervous disease characterized by convulsions or fits.

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Usage examples "epilepsy":

  1. Epilepsy and apoplexy were understood as spasms inside the head. - "Our Legal Heritage, 4th Ed.", S. A. Reilly.
  2. Such cases may indeed pass into ordinary epilepsy, but often, under judicious management, moral rather than medical, they cease, so that one can venture on taking a more hopeful view of them than of others. - "The Mother's Manual of Children's Diseases", Charles West, M.D..
  3. So she did always at any mention of helpless suffering, flinging herself down in wild rebellion and abandonment so that epilepsy had been suspected. - "Gone to Earth", Mary Webb.