Definition of petit mal noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


petit mal

BrE BrE//ˌpeti ˈmæl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpeti ˈmæl//
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a form of epilepsy that is not very serious, in which somebody becomes unconscious only for very short periods Word Originlate 19th cent.: from French, literally ‘little sickness’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: petit mal