Grand-mal meaning

gränmäl, grandmal
A type of epilepsy in which there are convulsions and loss of consciousness.
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A form of epilepsy where the seizures are characterized as severe and involve spasms and unconsciousness. A formal medical term would be tonic-clonic seizures.
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Origin of grand-mal

  • Borrowing from French grand mal (literally “great illness”)

    From Wiktionary