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Absence Seizure

Definition of the noun absence seizure

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  1. the occurrence of an abrupt, transient loss or impairment of consciousness (which is not subsequently remembered), sometimes with light twitching, fluttering eyelids, etc.; common in petit mal epilepsy

Alternative definition of the noun absence seizure


  1. [medicine] Formal term for a petit mal epileptic seizure. Brief seizure lasting upto 30 seconds involving vacantness and lack of awareness, possibly including twitching; not including spasm or unconsciousness.

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Google previewConcise Dictionary of Modern Medicine (2010)

by Joseph Segen

then to generalized tonicclonic seizures Generalizedonset seizures Tonicclonic seizure Absence seizure Atypical absence seizure Myoclonic seizure Tonic seizure Atonic seizure Localizationrelated/focal seizures Idiopathic • Benign focal ...

Google previewDictionary of Biological Psychology (2003)

by Philip Winn

Absence seizure, also known as PETIT MAL SEIZURE, is a generalized non- convulsive seizure characterized by the symmetrical appearance of spike-and- wave discharges in the cortical ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAM(EEG) at a frequency of ...

Google previewMosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions - Australian & New Zealand Edition (2014)

by Peter Harris, Sue Nagy, Nicholas Vardaxis

absence seizure, an epileptic seizure characterised by a sudden, momentary loss of consciousness. Occasionally it is accompanied by minor ...

Google previewMosby's Pocket Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions - E-Book (2013)

by Mosby

absence seizure, an epileptic seizure characterized by a sudden, momentary LOC.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Neuroscience (2009)

Volume One by Larry R. Squire

Individuals immediately resume prior activity after the absence seizure is over. However, patients are generally amnestic to the event. Absence seizures are more common in childhood and can be mistaken by family and educational providers ...

Google previewAmerican Medical Association Concise Medical Encyclopedia (2006)

by Martin S. Lipsky, M.D.

Absence seizure Also known as petit mal, a type of seizure characterized by brief episodes of loss of awareness. (See seizure.) Persons having an absence seizure are described as staring or daydreaming. These seizures commonly occur ...

Google previewChronic Diseases: An Encyclopedia of Causes, Effects, and Treatments [2 volumes] (2016)

by Jean Kaplan Teichroew

Absence Seizure. This is a generalized seizure that occurs most often in children and involves very brief staring spells. It was formerly known as “petit mal seizure” and typically lasts less than 10 seconds. This seizure may involve a sudden ...

Google previewINS Dictionary of Neuropsychology and Clinical Neurosciences (2015)

by David Loring

Absence seizure Generalized seizure characterized by 3-Hz spike and slow wave *electroencephalogram (EEG) discharges. Childhood absence epilepsy typically begins between the ages of 4 and 10 years; when developing in adolescence, ...

Google previewMosby's Medical Dictionary (2016)

by Mosby

absence seizure, an ...

Google previewMosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions (2016)

by Mosby

absence seizure, an ...

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