[n] failure to be present
[n] the state of being absent; "he was surprised by the absence of any explanation"
[n] epilepsy characterized by paroxysmal attacks of brief clouding of consciousness (a possible other abnormalities)
[n] the time interval during which something or somebody is away; "he visited during my absence"
absenteeism, awayness, complex absence, cut, default, deficiency, epilepsy, interval, lack, nonattendance, nonoccurrence, pure absence, simple absence, subclinical absence, time interval, want