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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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Reeves, 22, is graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in anthropology despite battling a form of epilepsy causing petit mal seizures that can make concentration difficult.
Hosford hopes that such research lead to a more tailored therapy designed to attack the mechanism of petit mal and perhaps treat the seizures without producing some of the more unfortunate side effects" caused by current drugs.
Petit mal seizures are also known as absence seizures.
I think we are deceived by the fact that--because they are brighter, because they are on only one medication, and because they have petit mal [seizures]--that they are doing well, and they actually are not," Dr.
Your doctor will want to rule out a condition called petit mal.
The Company's product development programs focus on two novel, proprietary classes of compounds: Epalons, to treat petit mal epilepsy, anxiety and sleep disorders, and Glystasins, to treat stroke and head trauma, chronic pain and grand mal epilepsy.
She suffered from petit mal seizures until she decided to undergo an operation four years ago.
Petit mal, a form of epilepsy said to be stress related, was diagnosed and Sophie was prescribed tablets.
In particular, it has proved effective in treating petit mal, a mild form of epilepsy in which convulsions may be absent, and in suppressing minor motor seizures (convulsions).