Meaning of epileptic in English:


Pronunciation /ˌɛpɪˈlɛptɪk/

Translate epileptic into Spanish


  • Relating to or having epilepsy.

    ‘he had an epileptic fit’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She cannot work as she now suffers frequent, violent 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.’
    • ‘He also suffers from epileptic fits and may have Asperger's Syndrome.’
    • ‘It is agreed that there is a continuing risk of his suffering epileptic fits, despite taking medication.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Occasionally, some individuals say they have blurred vision, feelings of unreality, faints, blackouts or even epileptic fits.’
    • ‘Febrile convulsions can be frightening for parents, especially as they look like epileptic fits.’
    • ‘During the Middle Ages, Europeans used walnuts to combat fevers, witchcraft, epileptic fits and even to prevent lightning.’
    • ‘The moments of crisis are filmed like epileptic fits.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are also usually on medication, being prone to epileptic fits.’
    • ‘Computer games may be worse than TV because of the patterns and frequencies they use, but either may trigger 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.’
    • ‘These have not been proved to cause epileptic fits, but they can certainly be a source of irritation to other divers.’
    • ‘For anyone who has not experienced one before, epileptic fits can be terrifying.’


  • A person who has epilepsy.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘I never saw myself as someone who could be epileptic, but then I'm sure most epileptics would say the same.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Advocates of such treatment compare patients to individuals who take insulin, epileptics who use antiepileptic drugs, or those who depend upon antirheumatic medications.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘People with sensitive lobes have experiences resembling those of epileptics,’ he says.’
    • ‘Mega-doses of folic acid can produce convulsions, interfere with the anticonvulsant medication used by epileptics, and disrupt zinc absorption.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This problem is amplified by the fact that one-third of epileptics cannot adequately control their seizures with medication.’
    • ‘I mention that eighty percent of epileptics in developing countries, where the stigma is worst, have no access to medication.’
    • ‘But, there is no evidence that features like ‘anger’ are more common among epileptics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some epileptics avoid normal activities because they fear the consequences of having seizures in public.’
    • ‘Some epileptics produce normal scans, while abnormal ones can be caused by other conditions such as migraine or severe mental illness.’
    • ‘The discovery was made while surgeons endeavoured to find the origins of seizures being suffered by four epileptics.’
    • ‘The subtleties of the disease are lost on many, and that's a great problem for many epileptics today.’


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