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EPILEPSY, med. jur. A disease of the brain, which occurs in paroxysms, with uncertain intervals between them.
     2. These paroxysms are characterized by the loss of sensation, and convulsive motions of the muscles. When long continued and violent, this disease is very apt to end in dementia. (q.v.) It gradually destroys the memory, and impairs the intellect, and is one of the causes of an unsound mind. 8 Ves. 87. Vide Dig. 50, 16, 123; Id. 21, 1, 4, 5.

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In conclusion, embelin exhibited significant activity in MES and PTZ induced seizure models, it can be an effective compound against both grand mal and petit mal epilepsies (Vida 1995).
AI presume you mean he is having petit mal seizures; the English name for them is absence seizures - one of the most common types of epilepsy to affect children.
With issue one of their fashion zine Petit Mal, art directors Shane Sakkeus and Jonathan Zawada conjured up a fashionable parallel universe called Pradastan, using backstage imagery to pit Miuccia's turban-topped madames against Galliano's golden girls in a zombietastic spring '07 showdown.
I didn't fall to the ground and shake, I had what used to be called petit mal seizures, they're now called simple partial seizures, just part of the brain is affected, while with grand mal the whole brain is affected.
Physicians who suspect a child is experiencing absence seizures formerly known as petit mal epilepsy--should first rule out other conditions, said Dr.
I had a really good doctor back in 1993, and I was diagnosed with petit mal seizure disorder and left temporal lobe swelling, which I knew a lot of artists had had.
Like many young children with parents in prison, I suffered from a range of developmental and behavioral problems, including petit mal, a childhood form of epilepsy, and abnormal difficulty learning to read.
Reeves suffers from a form of epilepsy caused by petit mal seizures - a disorder that brings attacks of momentary unconsciousness without convulsions.
He experiences both petit mal and grand mal seizures: the worst of these leave him unconscious, writhing, vomiting and hitting his head: they constitute a medical emergency requiring immediate care.
Epilepsy with impulsive petit mal (Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy).