Definitions for spasmˈspæz əm
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spasm, cramp, muscle spasm(noun)
a painful and involuntary muscular contraction
(pathology) sudden constriction of a hollow organ (as a blood vessel)
A sudden, involuntary contraction of a muscle, a group of muscles, or a hollow organ.
A violent, excruciating seizure of pain.
A sudden and temporary burst of energy, activity, or emotion.
To produce and undergo a spasm.
Origin: From spasme, from spasmus, from . Compare span.
an involuntary and unnatural contraction of one or more muscles or muscular fibers
a sudden, violent, and temporary effort or emotion; as, a spasm of repentance
Origin: [F. spasme, L. spasmus, Gr. , from , , to draw, to cause convulsion. Cf. Span, v. t.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
An involuntary contraction of a muscle or group of muscles. Spasms may involve SKELETAL MUSCLE or SMOOTH MUSCLE.
A spasm is a sudden, involuntary contraction of a muscle, a group of muscles, or a hollow organ such as a heart, or a similarly sudden contraction of an orifice. It most commonly refers to a muscle cramp which is often accompanied by a sudden burst of pain, but is usually harmless and ceases after a few minutes. There are a variety of other causes of involuntary muscle contractions, which may be more serious, depending on the cause. The word "spasm" may also refer to a temporary burst of energy, activity, emotion, eustress, stress, or anxiety unrelated to, or as a consequence of, involuntary muscle activity.
Translations for spasm
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- Muskelkrampf, Krampf, SpasmusGerman
- κρίση, παροξυσμός, σύσπαση, σπασμόςGreek
- acceso, espasmoSpanish
- kipukohtaus, puuska, spasmi, kouristus, kohtausFinnish
- 경련, 痙攣Korean
- tumu, timuMāori
- kramp, stuipDutch
- spazm, krampTurkish
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