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petit mal

petit mal

noun pe·tit mal \ˈpe-tē-ˌmal, -ˌmäl\

Definition of PETIT MAL

:  epilepsy characterized by mild seizures marked by diminished awareness usually with a blank stare but not by loss of consciousness; also :  one of these seizures — compare grand mal

Origin of PETIT MAL

French, literally, small illness
First Known Use: 1874

petit mal

noun pe·tit mal \ˈpet-ē-ˌmal, -ˌmäl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PETIT MAL

:  epilepsy characterized by absence seizures; also :  absence seizure

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