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Definition of the noun absence seizure
What does absence seizure mean as a name of something?
- 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
- lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
- synonym of absence seizure: absence
- more generic words: ictus / raptus / seizure = a sudden occurrence (or recurrence) of a disease
- more specific terms:
- part of: epilepsia minor / petit mal / petit mal epilepsy = epilepsy characterized by paroxysmal attacks of brief clouding of consciousness
Alternative definition of the noun absence seizure
- [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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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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
by James Wynbrandt, Mark D. Ludman
Absence seizure (petit mal). An absence seizure lasts only a few seconds, occurs mostly in children and usually looks like daydreaming or blank staring, though it may be accompanied by blinking or chewing movements, turning of the head or ...
Mosby'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 ...
absence seizure, an epileptic seizure characterized by a sudden, momentary LOC.
absence seizure, an ...
Mosby's Medical Dictionary (2016)
absence seizure, an ...
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