HyperDic: petit_mal

English > 2 senses of the expression petit mal:
NOUNstatepetit mal, petit mal epilepsy, epilepsia minorepilepsy characterized by paroxysmal attacks of brief clouding of consciousness (and possibly other abnormalities)
statepetit mal, epilepsia minora seizure of short duration characterized by momentary unconsciousness and local muscle spasms or twitching
English > petit mal: 2 senses > noun 1, state
Meaningepilepsy characterized by paroxysmal attacks of brief clouding of consciousness (and possibly other abnormalities).
Example"she has been suffering from petit mal since childhood"
Synonymspetit mal epilepsy, epilepsia minor
Partsabsence, absence seizureThe occurrence of an abrupt, transient loss or impairment of consciousness (which is not subsequently remembered), sometimes with light twitching, fluttering eyelids, etc.
BroaderepilepsyA disorder of the central nervous system characterized by loss of consciousness and convulsions
English > petit mal: 2 senses > noun 2, state
MeaningA seizure of short duration characterized by momentary unconsciousness and local muscle spasms or twitching.
Example"the girl was frightened by her first petit mal"
Synonymepilepsia minor
Broaderepileptic seizureconvulsions accompanied by impaired consciousness
Catalanpetit mal

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