Petit mal

A form of epilepsy with very brief, unannounced lapses in consciousness. A Petit mal seizure involves a brief loss of awareness, which can be accompanied by blinking or mouth twitching. Petit mal seizures have a very characteristic appearance on an electroencephalogram (EEG). Petit mal (little illness in French) seizures are also known as absence seizures. Petit mal seizures take the form of a staring spell: the person suddenly seems to be “absent.”

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pe·tit mal 'pet-ē-.mal, -.mäl n epilepsy characterized by absence seizures also absence seizure

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(pə-teґ) [Fr. “small sickness”] absence epilepsy.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Petit mal — Pe*tit mal [F., lit., little sickness.] (Med.) The mildest form of epilepsy, with momentary faintness or unconsciousness, but without convulsions; opposed to {grand mal}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • petit mal — ► NOUN ▪ a mild form of epilepsy with only momentary spells of unconsciousness. Compare with GRAND MAL(Cf. ↑grand mal). ORIGIN French, little sickness …   English terms dictionary

  • petit mal — [pə tē΄ mäl′, pə tēmal′] n. [Fr, lit., small ailment] a type of epilepsy in which there are attacks of momentary unconsciousness without convulsions: distinguished from GRAND MAL …   English World dictionary

  • Petit mal — Petit mạl [petị ; aus gleichbed. frz. petit mal (eigtl. = kleines Übel)] s; : kleiner epileptischer Anfall, kurzzeitige Trübung des Bewußtseins ohne eigentliche Krämpfe …   Das Wörterbuch medizinischer Fachausdrücke

  • petit mal — [ˌpeti ˈmæl] n [U] [Date: 1800 1900; : French; Origin: small illness ] medical a form of ↑epilepsy which is not very serious →↑grand mal …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Petit mal — (frz.), s. Epilepsie, S. 867 …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Petit mal — (frz., spr. p ti mall), eine leichtere Form der Epilepsie, ohne Krämpfe …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Petit mal — ● Petit mal forme d épilepsie généralisée, qui groupe en particulier les absences, les crises myocloniques et les crises akinétiques …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Petit Mal — Klassifikation nach ICD 10 G40. Epilepsie …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Petit Mal — (kleiner) epileptischer Anfall * * * Petit Mal   [pti mal; französisch »kleines Übel«] das, , kleiner Krampfanfall bei Epilepsie. (Absence) * * * Pe|tit Mal [pəti mal], das; [frz. petit mal, eigtl. = kleines Übel] (Med. früher): kleiner… …   Universal-Lexikon

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