an attack of (some illness)

an attack of (some illness)

A sudden or acute onset of (an illness). I went to bed early last night after an attack of indigestion. All of the dust in the air produced an attack of asthma. Doctor, what usually produces an attack of epilepsy?
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*an attack

(of an illness) a bout of some sickness; an instance or acute case of some disease. (*Typically: have ~; produce ~; suffer ~.) Mr. Hodder had an attack of stomach upset that forced him to stay at home.
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