[ pet-ee -mahl, mal; French puh-tee -mal ]
/ ˈpɛt i ˈmɑl, ˈmæl; French pə ti ˈmal /
See under epilepsy.
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Origin of petit mal
1870–75; <French: literally, small illness
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Example sentences from the Web for petit mal
On this chart we have the history of an epileptic man whose attacks were of the petit-mal type.
British Dictionary definitions for petit mal
/ (ˈpɛtɪ ˈmæl, French pəti mal) /
a mild form of epilepsy characterized by periods of impairment or loss of consciousness for up to 30 secondsCompare grand mal
Word Origin for petit mal
C19: French: little illness
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Medical definitions for petit mal
[ pĕt′ē mäl′, măl′ ]
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.absence petit mal epilepsy
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