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Noun: petit mal  ,pe-tee'mal or 'pe-tee,mal
  1. Epilepsy characterized by paroxysmal attacks of brief clouding of consciousness (and possibly other abnormalities)
    "she has been suffering from petit mal since childhood";
    - petit mal epilepsy, epilepsia minor
  2. A seizure of short duration characterized by momentary unconsciousness and local muscle spasms or twitching
    "the girl was frightened by her first petit mal";
    - epilepsia minor

Type of: epilepsy, epileptic seizure

Encyclopedia: Petit mal