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petit mal seizure

 

Definition: obsolescent term for a cerebral seizure not manifested by tonic-clonic movements (grand mal); formerly thought to be the clinical manifestation solely of a 3-second spike in wave pattern, as seen on electroencephalography, but now known to be associated with several different EEG patterns.

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