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a mild form of epilepsy characterized by periods of impairment or loss of consciousness for up to 30 seconds
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
A generalized epileptic seizure of the absence type, that is, characterized by different degrees of impaired consciousness.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.