med. jur. A discase of the brain, which occurs in paroxysms,
with uncertain intervals between them.
2. These paroxysms are characterized by the loss of sensation, and
convulsive motions of the muscles. When long continued and violent, this
disease is very apt to end in dementia. (q. v.) It gradually destroys the
memory, and impairs the intellect, and is one of the causes of an unsound
mind. 8 Ves. 87. Vide Dig. 50, 16, 123, Id. 21, 1, 4, 5.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition
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