ACCESS, literally signifies easiness of approach, or entrance. See ACCESSIBLE.

Such a person has access to the prince: a man of easy access: the access on that side was very difficult, by reason of rocks, etc.

The word is of Latin origin, Accessus, or Accessio; formed of Accedo, I come to.

Access, in Medicine, a fit, or return of some periodical disease. See DISEASE, and PERIODICAL.

Thus, we say, an access of the gout, an ague, or an intermitting fever, etc. See GOUT, AGUE, INTERMITTING.

Authors frequently confound access with "paroxysm"; but they are different things. See PAROXYSM.