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 and Etymology of petit mal

French, literally, small illness


Medical Dictionary

petit mal

noun pe·tit mal \ ˈpet-ē-ˌmal , -ˌmäl \

medical Definition of petit mal

1 or petit mal epilepsy : epilepsy characterized by absence seizures : absence epilepsy; also : childhood absence epilepsy
2 or petit mal seizure : absence seizure

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