Phala: lit. 'fruit'. - 1. result, effect often together with hetu cause; 2. benefit e.g. in Sāmañña-phala Sutta, 'The Results, or Benefits, of Recluseship'; D. 2.
As 'path-result', or 'fruition', it donotes those moments of supra-mundane consciousness which flash forth immediately after the moment of path-consciousness see: ariya-puggala and which, till the attainment of the next higher path, may during the practice of insight vipassanā still recur innumerable times. If thus repeated, they are called the 'attainment of fruition phalasamāpatti which is explained in detail in Vis.M XXIII.
Maha Thera Nyanatiloka. Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines, Buddhist Publication Society, first edition 1952.