It is revealed also by symptoms of a less striking nature, which have been described under the name of petit mal.
Does not recollection return completely in attacks of petit mal?
Attacks of petit mal might come on at any time, and were usually accompanied by a feeling of faintness and vertigo.
How long do the after effects last—of an attack of petit mal, I mean.
These cases are to be distributed between the developed form and the petit mal.
He was also noted to have occasional mild attacks of petit mal.
A mild type of petit mal consists of a temporary blurring of consciousness, with muscular weakness.
The petit mal most commonly co-exists with the grand mal, but has no necessary connexion with it, as each may exist alone.
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.
petit mal pet·it mal (pět'ē mäl', māl')
A form of epilepsy, occurring most often in adolescents and children, characterized by frequent but transient lapses of consciousness and only rare spasms or falling. Also called absence, petit mal 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.