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Noun: mal de la rosa
  1. A disease caused by deficiency of niacin or tryptophan (or by a defect in the metabolic conversion of tryptophan to niacin); characterized by gastrointestinal disturbances and erythema and nervous or mental disorders; may be caused by malnutrition or alcoholism or other nutritional impairments
    - pellagra, Alpine scurvy, mal rosso, maidism, mayidism, Saint Ignatius' itch
Noun: mal de mer  ,mal-du'mehr
  1. Motion sickness experienced while travelling on water
    - seasickness, naupathia
Combining form: mal-  mal
  1. Bad, badly
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
Noun: grand mal  gran mal
  1. Epilepsy in which the attacks involve loss of consciousness and tonic spasms of the musculature followed by generalized jerking
    - grand mal epilepsy, generalized epilepsy, epilepsia major, generalised epilepsy [Brit]
  2. A seizure during which the patient becomes unconscious and has convulsions over the entire body
    - generalized seizure, epilepsia major, generalised seizure [Brit]

Type of: avitaminosis, epilepsy, epileptic seizure, hypovitaminosis, kinetosis, motion sickness

Encyclopedia: Mal de mer

Petit mal

Grand mal