absence (n.)

  1. the state of being absent; he was surprised by the absence of any explanation'

  2. failure to be present

  3. the time interval during which something or somebody is away; he visited during my absence'

  4. 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

    [ Syn: absence seizure ]

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