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grand mal(ɡrɒn mæl; French ɡrɑ̃ mal)
(Pathology) a form of epilepsy characterized by loss of consciousness for up to five minutes and violent convulsions. Compare petit mal
[French: great illness]
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grand mal(ˈgræn ˈmɑl, -ˈmæl, ˈgrænd)
[1875–80; < French: great ailment, epilepsy]
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|Noun||1.||grand mal - epilepsy in which the attacks involve loss of consciousness and tonic spasms of the musculature followed by generalized jerking|
epilepsy - a disorder of the central nervous system characterized by loss of consciousness and convulsions
|2.||grand mal - a seizure during which the patient becomes unconscious and has convulsions over the entire body|
epileptic seizure - convulsions accompanied by impaired consciousness
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