absence seizure

Definitions of absence seizure
  1. noun
    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
    synonyms: absence
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    types:
    complex absence
    an absence seizure accompanied by other abnormalities (atonia or automatisms or vasomotor changes)
    pure absence, simple absence
    an absence seizure without other complications; followed by 3-per-sec brainwave spikes
    subclinical absence
    a transient impairment of cortical function demonstrable only by 3-per-second brainwave spikes
    type of:
    ictus, raptus, seizure
    a sudden occurrence (or recurrence) of a disease
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