petit mal definition

  • noun:
    • a type of epilepsy, happening oftentimes in adolescents and kids, characterized by frequent but transient lapses of consciousness and just unusual spasms or dropping.
    • A form of epilepsy where seizures tend to be characterized as minor, anyone becomes vacant or unaware, although not concerning spasms and unconsciousness. These seizures are brief, enduring around 30 seconds, and could include twitching. An official health term could be lack seizures.
    • a seizure of short length of time described as momentary unconsciousness and local muscle tissue spasms or twitching
    • epilepsy characterized by paroxysmal attacks of brief clouding of awareness (and perhaps other abnormalities)
  • others:
    • The mildest form of epilepsy, with temporary faintness or unconsciousness, but without convulsions; -- against grand mal.

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