grand mal

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

Definition of grand mal

  1. 1 or grand mal epilepsy :  severe epilepsy characterized by seizures in which there is an abrupt loss of consciousness with initially prolonged tonic muscle contractions followed by clonic muscle spasms

  2. 2 or grand mal seizure :  a seizure marked by abrupt loss of consciousness with initially prolonged tonic muscle contractions followed by clonic muscle spasms

Origin and Etymology of grand mal

French, literally, great illness


First Known Use: 1898


Medical Dictionary

grand mal

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

Medical Definition of grand mal

  1. 1 or grand mal epilepsy :  severe epilepsy characterized by tonic-clonic seizures :  tonic-clonic epilepsy

  2. 2 or grand mal seizure :  a tonic-clonic seizure She estimates having had about 25 grand mals and 100 smaller-scale seizures since.—Cicero A. Estrella, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Dec. 2001

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