absence seizure definition

  • noun:
    • a form of seizure indicative of petit mal epilepsy. Brief seizure lasting to 30 seconds concerning vacantness and decreased awareness, possibly including twitching; excluding spasm or unconsciousness.
    • the occurrence of an abrupt, transient loss or impairment of awareness (which is not afterwards recalled), often with light twitching, fluttering eyelids, etc.; common in petit mal epilepsy

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