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simple absence in Medicine

simple absence sim·ple absence (sĭm'pəl)
n.
A brief loss or impairment of consciousness accompanied by the abrupt onset of spasms or twitchings of cephalic muscles that produce a 3 per second pattern of spikes and waves on an electroencephalogram. Also called pure absence.

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