epi-, ep-

(Greek: above, over, on, upon; besides; in addition to; toward; among)

In botany, that which is placed upon the ovary; growing upon the summit of the ovary. Said of the stamens or corolla; hence of plants in which these are so placed.
epilate, expilate
To pull out or eradicate (hair).
epilation, expilation
1. The loss or intentional removal of hair.
2. To pull out or to eradicate hair.
The connective tissue sheath of nerve fibers near their termination.
1. A chronic disease of the nervous system, characterized by convulsions, and often unconsciousness.
2. A medical disorder involving episodes of irregular electrical discharge in the brain and characterized by the periodic sudden loss or impairment of consciousness, often accompanied by convulsions.

When nerve cells in the brain fire electrical impulses at a rate of up to four times higher than normal, this causes a sort of electrical storm in the brain, known as a seizure.

A pattern of repeated seizures is referred to as epilepsy and known causes include head injuries, brain tumors, lead poisoning, maldevelopment of the brain, genetic and infectious illnesses.

Medication controls seizures for the majority of patients.

epilithophyte (s), epilithophytes (pl)
Plants growing on the surfaces of stones, rocks, and other hard inorganic substrata.
A reference to a plant that grows on the surface of stones, rocks, and other hard inorganic substrata.
epilogue (EP i lawg", EP i log")
1. To say in addition to; an additional statement; attachment, adjunct, appendage, addendum.
2. A closing statement; especially, at the end of a play, book, etc.
1. Unusually frequent menstruation.
2. Too frequent menstruation, occurring at any time, but particularly at the beginning and end of menstrual life. Synonym: polymenorhea.
Characterized by incomplete metamorphosis; having the same number of body segments in successive stages.

Related "above, over, beyond the normal, excessive" word units: hyper-; super-, supra-, sur; ultra-, ult-.