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  1. a generalized seizure of sudden onset characterized by a brief period of unconsciousness. Formerly called petit mal
    absence
  2. a drug that inhibits or suppresses convulsions
    anticonvulsant
  3. a remedy for epilepsy
    antiepileptic
  4. failure of muscular coordination; irregularity of muscular action
    ataxia
  5. relaxed; without normal tone or tension
    atonic
  6. warning sensation felt by some people immediately preceding a seizure; may be flashes of light, dizziness, peculiar taste, or a sensation of prickling or tingling.
    aura
  7. involuntary motor activity, such as lip smacking or repeated swallowing
    automatism
  8. pallor, flushing, sweating, pupillary dilation, cardiac arrhythmia, incontinence
    autonomic symptoms
  9. alternate contraction and relaxation of muscle; ______ phase is the convulsion phase of a seizure.
    clonic
  10. degree of awareness and/or responsiveness of a person to externally applied stimuli
    consciousness
  11. violent spasm
    convulsion
  12. perception of 2 images of a single object; double vision
    cryptogenic
  13. perception of 2 images of a single object; double vision
    diplopia
  14. impairment of the power or function of digestion
    dyspepsia
  15. the recording of changes in electric potentials in various areas of the brain by means of electrodes placed on the scalp or on/in the brain itself and connected to a vacuum-tube radio amplifier that amplifies the impulses more than a million times; the impulses move an electromagnetic pen that records the brain waves; a clinical test used for partial diagnosis of epilepsy
    electroencephalography
  16. expression or appearance of the face
    facies
  17. former name for a generalized or major seizure as contrasted with petit mal, a minor or relatively mild seizure
    grand mal
  18. abnormal hairiness, hypertrichosis: excessive growth of hair
    hirsutism
  19. pertaining to or resulting from a stroke or a seizure
    ictal
  20. isolated or repetitive shock-like contractions of a muscle or group of muscles; adj, myoclonic
    myoclonus
  21. an abnormal sensation, such as burning, prickling, or tingling
    paresthesia
  22. sharp spasm or convulsion; sudden recurrence or intensification of symptoms
    paroxysm
  23. attack or brief impairment of consciousness often associated with flickering of the eyelids and mild twitching of the mouth
    petit mal
  24. premonitory symtpom; a symptom indicating the onset of a disease or condition; adj. prodromal
    prodrome
  25. pertaining to the mind or psyche
    psychic
  26. not readily yielding to basic treatment; usually with a single antiepileptic drug
    refractory epilepsy
  27. paroxysmal spell of transitory alteration in consciousness, motor activity, or sensory phenomenon; convulsion
    seizure
  28. sudden involuntary contraction of a muscle or group of muscles; may be tonic or clonic; may vary from small twitches to severe convulsions
    spasm
  29. rapid succession of epileptic spasms without intervals of consciousness; life threatening; emergency care urgent
    status epilepticus
  30. production of deformity in the developing embryo
    teratogenesis
  31. state of continuous, unremitting action of muscular contraction; pt appears stiff
    tonic
  32. in a seizure, a sudden sharp tonic contraction of muscles followed by clonic convulsive movements
    tonic-clonic

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