petit mal

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Borrowing from French petit mal (literally little illness).

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petit mal (uncountable)

  1. (medicine) A form of epilepsy where the seizures are characterized as minor, the person becomes vacant or unaware, but not involving spasms and unconsciousness. These seizures are usually brief, lasting up to 30 seconds, and may include twitching. A formal medical term would be absence seizures.

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petit mal m (uncountable)

  1. (medicine) petit mal