Origin of petit mal
Origin of epilepsy
Examples 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.
Word Origin for epilepsy
Word Origin for petit mal
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.