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ab·sence

(ahb-sahns'), This word, based on French absence 'fit of abstraction', is correctly pronounced as in French, ahb-sahns', as shown here.
Paroxysmal attacks of impaired consciousness, occasionally accompanied by spasm or twitching of cephalic muscles, which usually can be brought on by hyperventilation; depending on the type and severity of the absence, the EEG may show an abrupt onset of a 3-second spike-and-wave pattern as in simple absence, or in atypical cases a 4-second spike-and-wave or faster spike complexes. The clinical states accompanying these EEG abnormalities may be classified as: 1) absence with no overt manifestations, for example, simple absence; epileptic absence; subclinical absence; 2) absence with clonic movements, for example, myoclonic absence; 3) absence with atonic states, for example, atonic absence; 4) absence with tonic contractions, for example, hypertonic muscular contraction; 5) absence with automatisms, for example, various stereotypic movements, usually of the face or hands; 6) absence with atypical features, for example, bizarre motor activity.
[L. absentia]

absence

Absence attack, absence seizure, petit mal epilepsy Neurology A common form of childhood epilepsy characterized by episodic arrest of sensation and voluntary activity Clinical Transient loss of contact with the environment-eg brief staring spell, minimal motor manifestations, ± decline in school performance Diagnosis 3-mins of hyperventilation test may elicit an 'absence' Management Trimethadione, ethosuximide. Cf Grand mal seizure.

absence

The state of brief incommunicability and unresponsiveness which occurs repeatedly in the minor form of EPILEPSY known as PETIT MAL or which may occur in conjunction with other epileptic manifestations, or as a result of HYPERVENTILATION.

ab·sence

(ab'sahnz')
Paroxysmal attacks of impaired consciousness, occasionally accompanied by spasm or twitching of cephalic muscles, which usually can be brought on by hyperventilation.
[L. absentia]

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References in classic literature ?
"D'Artagnan is right," said Athos; "here are our three leaves of absence which came from Monsieur de Treville, and here are three hundred pistoles which came from I don't know where.
If anyone wishes to stop us, I will show Monsieur de Treville's letter, and you will show your leaves of absence. If we are attacked, we will defend ourselves; if we are tried, we will stoutly maintain that we were only anxious to dip ourselves a certain number of times in the sea.
Smooth running and some other parts of the traffic training will not be counted in the absence limit for pupils in upper secondary school in the autumn.
Meaningful Absence Across Arts and Media: The Significance of Missing Signifiers
According to council figures, the average annual number of working days lost to sickness absence is 11.08 days per employee - significantly higher than the annual target of 7.37.
The ONS also uses another measure to assess sickness absence, the so-called sickness absence rate, which is the proportion of working hours lost due to sickness.
Students who are absent more than 5 total days due to illness will be required to have a doctor's excuse in order to receive an excused absence. If a student continues to be absent without a doctor's excuse, truancy action may be taken.
Attendance record posted on the official website of the House showed that Pacquiao had a total of 22 absences-16 session days without notice and another six session days with notice of absence.
SICKNESS absence remains low but there is growing concern about rising levels of mental health and stress-related problems, according to a study.
Molybdenum mining company General Moly (NYSE MKT:GMO) (TSX:GMO.TO) said on Tuesday that its board of directors has approved the leave of absence request made by its chairman Patrick M.
MANY businesses put detailed policies in place to monitor and manage sickness absence, with references made to absence reporting, return to work interviews, "trigger levels" for formal action and cautions where absence is excessive.
THE Government's 'agship "t note" programme is failing to deliver on getting people back to work, with long-term absence rates increasing, according to a new report.