One of two types of epilepsy, petit mal has symptoms consisting of consistent sleepiness and a difficulty maintaining an attention span.

see also grand mal.

Pe*tit" mal" (?). [F., lit., little sickness.] (Med.)

The mildest form of epilepsy, with momentary faintness or unconsciousness, but without convulsions; -- opposed to grand mal.

 

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