Ep"i*lep`sy(?), n. [L. epilepsia, Gr. a seizure, the "falling sickness," fr. to take besides, seize, attack; 'epi` upon, besides + to take: cf. F. pilepsie. Cf. Catalepsy.] (Med.) The "falling sickness," so called because the patient falls suddenly to the ground; a disease characterized by paroxysms (or fits) occurring at interval and attended by sudden loss of consciousness, and convulsive motions of the muscles. Dunglison.
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