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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 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 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 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 previewThe Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders and Birth Defects (2009)

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 ...

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 (2013)

by Mosby

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

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

by Mosby

absence seizure, an ...

Google previewMosby's Medical Dictionary (2016)

by Mosby

absence seizure, an ...

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