Epilepsy, petit mal
A form of epilepsy in which only partial (petit mal, or minor) seizures are seen with very brief, unannounced lapses in consciousness. A petit mal seizure involves a brief loss of awareness, which can be accompanied by blinking or mouth twitching. Petit mal seizures have a very characteristic appearance on an electroencephalogram (EEG). Petit mal (little illness in French) seizures are also known as absence seizures. Petit mal seizures take the form of a staring spell: the person suddenly seems to be "absent."

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  • Petit mal — Pe*tit mal [F., lit., little sickness.] (Med.) The mildest form of epilepsy, with momentary faintness or unconsciousness, but without convulsions; opposed to {grand mal}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • petit mal — ► NOUN ▪ a mild form of epilepsy with only momentary spells of unconsciousness. Compare with GRAND MAL(Cf. ↑grand mal). ORIGIN French, little sickness …   English terms dictionary

  • petit mal — [pə tē΄ mäl′, pə tēmal′] n. [Fr, lit., small ailment] a type of epilepsy in which there are attacks of momentary unconsciousness without convulsions: distinguished from GRAND MAL …   English World dictionary

  • petit mal — [ˌpeti ˈmæl] n [U] [Date: 1800 1900; : French; Origin: small illness ] medical a form of ↑epilepsy which is not very serious →↑grand mal …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Petit Mal — Klassifikation nach ICD 10 G40. Epilepsie …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Petit mal — A form of epilepsy with very brief, unannounced lapses in consciousness. A Petit mal seizure involves a brief loss of awareness, which can be accompanied by blinking or mouth twitching. Petit mal seizures have a very characteristic appearance on… …   Medical dictionary

  • petit mal epilepsy — noun epilepsy characterized by paroxysmal attacks of brief clouding of consciousness (and possibly other abnormalities) she has been suffering from petit mal since childhood • Syn: ↑petit mal, ↑epilepsia minor • Hypernyms: ↑epilepsy • Part… …   Useful english dictionary

  • petit mal — [mal] noun a mild form of epilepsy characterized by brief spells of unconsciousness without loss of posture. Compare with grand mal. Origin C19: from Fr., lit. little sickness …   English new terms dictionary

  • petit mal — Synonyms and related words: Jacksonian epilepsy, Rolandic epilepsy, abdominal epilepsy, access, acquired epilepsy, activated epilepsy, affect epilepsy, akinetic epilepsy, apoplexy, arrest, attack, autonomic epilepsy, blockage, cardiac epilepsy,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • petit mal status — any of a variety of clinical disorders with symptoms ranging from momentary interruption of consciousness to longer lasting spells of loss of motor control. They have a distinctive pattern on the electroencephalogram, with spike and wave… …   Medical dictionary

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