Definitions for convulsionkənˈvʌl ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•vul•sionkənˈvʌl ʃən(n.)

  1. contortion of the body caused by violent, involuntary muscular contractions.

    Category: Pathology

  2. a violent disturbance.

  3. an outburst of great, uncontrollable laughter.

Origin of convulsion:

1575–85; < L

Princeton's WordNet

  1. paroxysm, fit, convulsion(noun)

    a sudden uncontrollable attack

    "a paroxysm of giggling"; "a fit of coughing"; "convulsions of laughter"

  2. convulsion(noun)

    violent uncontrollable contractions of muscles

  3. convulsion, turmoil, upheaval(noun)

    a violent disturbance

    "the convulsions of the stock market"

  4. convulsion(noun)

    a physical disturbance such as an earthquake or upheaval


  1. convulsion(Noun)

    An intense, paroxysmal, involuntary muscular contraction.

  2. convulsion(Noun)

    An uncontrolled fit, as of laughter; a paroxysm.

  3. convulsion(Noun)

    Violent turmoil.

    Earthquakes and convulsions of nature shake Earth on a regular basis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Convulsion(noun)

    an unnatural, violent, and unvoluntary contraction of the muscular parts of an animal body

  2. Convulsion(noun)

    any violent and irregular motion or agitation; a violent shaking; a tumult; a commotion


  1. Convulsion

    A convulsion is a medical condition where body muscles contract and relax rapidly and repeatedly, resulting in an uncontrolled shaking of the body. Because a convulsion is often a symptom of an epileptic seizure, the term convulsion is sometimes used as a synonym for seizure. However, not all epileptic seizures lead to convulsions, and not all convulsions are caused by epileptic seizures. Convulsions are also consistent with an electric shock. For non-epileptic convulsions, see non-epileptic seizures. The word "fit" is sometimes used to mean a convulsion or epileptic seizure.

Translations for convulsion

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(often in plural) a sudden stiffening or jerking of the muscles of the body.

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