Definitions for spasmˈspæz əm

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word spasm

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)

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

  3. Origin: [F. spasme, L. spasmus, Gr. , from , , to draw, to cause convulsion. Cf. Span, v. t.]

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.

Freebase

  1. Muscle Spasms

    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.

Anagrams for spasm »

  1. spams

  2. samps

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. George Steiner:

    The immense majority of human biographies are a gray transit between domestic spasm and oblivion.

  2. Alexis Tsipras:

    A frenzy of fear-mongering with the responsibility of the Prime Minister himself is a final spasm before the end, the countdown for the ruling coalition and its catastrophic policies has already started.


Translations for spasm

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for spasm »

Translation

Find a translation for the spasm definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these spasm definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Citation

Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"spasm." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2016. Web. 9 Feb. 2016. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/spasm>.

Are we missing a good definition for spasm? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for spasm:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.