petit mal

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noun pe·tit mal \ˈpe-tē-ˌmal, -ˌmäl\

Definition of petit mal

  1. :  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


First Known Use: 1874


Medical Dictionary

petit mal

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noun pe·tit mal \ˈpet-ē-ˌmal, -ˌmäl\

Medical Definition of petit mal

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

  2. 2 or petit mal seizure :  absence seizure


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