Definitions for spasmˈspæz əm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

spasmˈspæz əm(n.)

  1. a sudden, abnormal, involuntary muscular contraction, consisting of a continued muscular contraction or of a series of alternating muscular contractions and relaxations.

    Category: Pathology

  2. any sudden, brief spell of great energy, activity, feeling, etc.

Origin of spasm:

1350–1400; < L spasmus < Gk spasmós der. of spân to draw a sword

Princeton's WordNet

  1. spasm, cramp, muscle spasm(noun)

    a painful and involuntary muscular contraction

  2. spasm(noun)

    (pathology) sudden constriction of a hollow organ (as a blood vessel)

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. spasm(noun)ˈspæz əm

    a painful, involuntary movement of a muscle

    a muscle spasm

Wiktionary

  1. spasm(Noun)

    A sudden, involuntary contraction of a muscle, a group of muscles, or a hollow organ.

  2. spasm(Noun)

    A violent, excruciating seizure of pain.

  3. spasm(Noun)

    A sudden and temporary burst of energy, activity, or emotion.

  4. spasm(Verb)

    To produce and undergo a spasm.

  5. Origin: From spasme, from spasmus, from . Compare span.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spasm(verb)

    an involuntary and unnatural contraction of one or more muscles or muscular fibers

  2. Spasm(verb)

    a sudden, violent, and temporary effort or emotion; as, a spasm of repentance

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Spasm

    An involuntary contraction of a muscle or group of muscles. Spasms may involve SKELETAL MUSCLE or SMOOTH MUSCLE.


Translations for spasm

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

spasm(noun)

a sudden uncontrollable jerking of the muscles

A spasm of pain twisted his face for a moment.

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