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grand mal

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

Definition of GRAND MAL

:  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

grand mal

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

Medical Definition of GRAND MAL

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

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