She evidenced particular tenderness in describing a woman cradling a fellow inmate who had just suffered a grand mal seizure.
Eleanor suffered her first grand mal seizure during a camping trip in 2005 and was diagnosed with brain cancer that year.
The first time she cut back on her medications, she had a grand mal seizure in her bathroom and knocked out her front teeth.
Could the (thus far) timid trembling give way to a full-on, grand mal seizure?
In Serial Epilepsy, a number of attacks of grand mal follow one another, with but very brief intervals between.
The petit mal most commonly co-exists with the grand mal, but has no necessary connexion with it, as each may exist alone.
Epileptics who suffer from both petit and grand mal attacks are specially liable to maniacal attacks.
Status Epilepticus, in which a series of grand mal attacks follow one another with no conscious interval.
1570s, from Middle French epilepsie (16c.), from Late Latin epilepsia, from Greek epilepsia "seizure," from epi "upon" (see epi-) + lepsis "seizure," from leps-, future stem of lambanein "take hold of, grasp" (see analemma).
Earlier was epilencie (late 14c.), from Middle French epilence, with form influenced by pestilence. The native name was falling sickness.
grand mal (grānd' mäl', māl')
A severe epilepsy characterized by seizures involving spasms and by the loss of consciousness. Also called generalized epilepsy, generalized tonic-clonic epilepsy, generalized tonic-clonic seizure, grand mal epilepsy, idiopathic epilepsy, major epilepsy.
epilepsy ep·i·lep·sy (ěp'ə-lěp'sē)
Any of various neurological disorders characterized by sudden, recurring attacks of motor, sensory, or psychic malfunction with or without loss of consciousness or convulsive seizures.