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grand mal

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noun \ˈgrän(d)-ˌmäl, ˈgräⁿ-ˌmäl, -ˌmal; ˈgran(d)-ˌmal\

Definition of grand mal

  1. :  severe epilepsy characterized by seizures which are initially tonic and then become clonic and by loss of consciousness; also :  a seizure characteristic of grand mal



Origin of grand mal

French, literally, great illness


First Known Use: 1897


Medical Dictionary

grand mal

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noun \ˈgrän(d)-ˌmäl, ˈgräⁿ-ˌmäl, -ˌmal; ˈgran(d)-ˌmal\

Medical Definition of grand mal

  1. :  severe epilepsy characterized by tonic-clonic seizures; also :  a tonic-clonic seizure




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