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petit mal

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Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.
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Etymology

From French little illness.

Noun

petit mal

  1. A form of epilepsy where the seizures are characterized as minor, the person becomes vacant or unaware, but not involving spasms and unconsciousness. These seizures are usually brief, lasting up to 30 seconds, and may include twitching. A formal medical term would be absence seizures.

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