grand mal

[ gran-mahl, -mal, grand; French grahn-mal ]
/ ˈgræn ˈmɑl, -ˈmæl, ˈgrænd; French grɑ̃ ˈmal /
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noun Pathology.
See under epilepsy.


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Origin of grand mal

1875–80; <French: great ailment, epilepsy
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British Dictionary definitions for grand mal

grand mal
/ (ɡrɒn mæl, French ɡrɑ̃ mal) /

a form of epilepsy characterized by loss of consciousness for up to five minutes and violent convulsionsCompare petit mal

Word Origin for grand mal

French: great illness
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Medical definitions for grand mal

grand mal
[ grănd′ mäl, măl ]

A severe epilepsy characterized by seizures involving tonic-clonic spasms and by the loss of consciousness.generalized tonic-clonic epilepsy generalized tonic-clonic seizure disorder grand mal epilepsy major epilepsy
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