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How to use petit mal in a sentence
The petit mal most commonly co-exists with the grand mal, but has no necessary connexion with it, as each may exist alone.
Attacks of petit mal might come on at any time, and were usually accompanied by a feeling of faintness and vertigo.The Shrieking Pit | Arthur J. Rees
These cases are to be distributed between the developed form and the petit mal.A Plea for the Criminal | James Leslie Allan Kayll
It is revealed also by symptoms of a less striking nature, which have been described under the name of petit mal.Mentally Defective Children | Alfred Binet
A mild type of petit mal consists of a temporary blurring of consciousness, with muscular weakness.Epilepsy, Hysteria, and Neurasthenia | Isaac G. Briggs
British Dictionary definitions for petit mal
a mild form of epilepsy characterized by periods of impairment or loss of consciousness for up to 30 seconds: Compare grand mal
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