[ gran mahl, -mal, grand; French grahn mal ]
/ ˈgræn ˈmɑl, -ˈmæl, ˈgrænd; French grɑ̃ ˈmal /
See under epilepsy.
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Origin of grand mal
1875–80; < French: great ailment, epilepsy
Definition for grand mal (2 of 2)
[ ep-uh-lep-see ]
/ ˈɛp əˌlɛp si /
a disorder of the nervous system, characterized either by mild, episodic loss of attention or sleepiness (petit mal) or by severe convulsions with loss of consciousness (grand mal).
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British Dictionary definitions for grand mal (1 of 2)
/ (ˈɛpɪˌlɛpsɪ) /
Word Origin for epilepsy
C16: from Late Latin epilēpsia, from Greek, from epilambanein to attack, seize, from lambanein to take
British Dictionary definitions for grand mal (2 of 2)
/ (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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Medicine definitions for grand mal (1 of 2)
[ ĕp′ə-lĕp′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.seizure disorder
Medicine definitions for grand mal (2 of 2)
[ 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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Science definitions for grand mal
[ ĕp′ə-lĕp′sē ]
Any of various neurological disorders characterized by recurrent seizures. Epilepsy is caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain.
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Culture definitions for grand mal
[ (ep-uh-lep-see) ]
A disorder of the brain characterized by sudden, recurring attacks of abnormal brain function, often resulting in convulsions or seizures. The seizures associated with epilepsy can sometimes be controlled by medication.
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