Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A severe form of epilepsy characterized by seizures involving spasms and loss of consciousness.

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  • n. A form of epilepsy where the seizures are characterized as severe and involve spasms and unconsciousness. A formal medical term would be tonic-clonic seizures.

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  • n. a seizure during which the patient becomes unconscious and has convulsions over the entire body
  • n. epilepsy in which the attacks involve loss of consciousness and tonic spasms of the musculature followed by generalized jerking

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French : grand, great + mal, illness.

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French loanword meaning "great illness".

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