Definition of petit mal in English:

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petit mal

Pronunciation: /ˈpɛti ˈmal/

noun

[mass noun]
1A mild form of epilepsy characterized by brief spells of unconsciousness without loss of posture. Compare with grand mal.
Example sentences
  • This led in particular to a more detailed differentiation and classification of epilepsy, including terms still in use today, such as grand mal, petit mal, absence seizures, and status epilepticus.
  • Doctors dispelled the depression as an extensive form of epilepsy, petit mal.
  • The terms seizure and convulsion include grand mal, petit mal, absence, myoclonic, tonic-clonic, and focal motor seizures and signs.
1.1 [count noun] A petit mal epileptic fit: he wasn’t out of his petit mal yet
More example sentences
  • I myself had pediatric petit mal epilepsy (It cleared as I went through puberty), and when I had my first long lasting seizure it was actually pretty undramatic.
  • We're not too sure whether James had a petit mal seizure, (he suffers from epilepsy), on the bus on the way home from his post school option program.
  • A is epileptic; he had daily petit mal seizures as a child which would case memory loss, so he is an unreliable witness.

Origin

Late 19th century: from French, literally 'little sickness'.

Words that rhyme with petit mal

Al, bacchanal, cabal, canal, Chagall, Chantal, chaparral, gal, grand mal, Guadalcanál, Hal, La Salle, mall, Natal, pal, pall-mall, sal, shall, Val

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