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epilepsynoun [U]

 us   /ˈep·əˌlep·si/
a ​disease of the ​brain that may ​cause a ​person to ​becomeunconscious and ​fall, and to ​losecontrol of his or her ​movements for a ​shorttime
epileptic
adjective [not gradable]  us   /ˌep·əˈlep·tɪk/
(Definition of epilepsy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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epilepsynoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈep.ɪ.lep.si/
a ​condition of the ​brain that ​causes a ​person to ​becomeunconscious for ​shortperiods or to ​move in a ​violent and ​uncontrolled way: She can't ​drive because she suffers from/has epilepsy.
(Definition of epilepsy from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “epilepsy”
in Korean 간질…
in Arabic صَرع…
in Malaysian sawan…
in French épilepsie…
in Russian эпилепсия…
in Chinese (Traditional) 癲癇,羊癇瘋,羊角風…
in Italian epilessia…
in Turkish sara, epilepsi…
in Polish padaczka, epilepsja…
in Spanish epilepsia…
in Vietnamese chứng động kinh…
in Portuguese epilepsia…
in Thai โรคลมบ้าหมู…
in German die Epilepsie…
in Catalan epilèpsia…
in Japanese てんかん…
in Chinese (Simplified) 癫痫,羊痫疯,羊角风…
in Indonesian ayan…
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