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.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
spazm, n. an irregular and violent contraction of muscular parts—involuntary even when the voluntary muscles are concerned. When persistent it is tonic spasm or cramp, catalepsy, tetanus; when the relaxations alternate with the contractions, it is clonic spasm, as in epilepsy, convulsive hysteria, chorea, &c.—n. Spasmod′ic, a medicine for removing spasms.—adjs. Spasmod′ic, -al, relating to, or consisting in, spasms: convulsive.—adv. Spasmod′ically, in a spasmodic manner: in fits.—ns. Spas′modist; Spasmol′ogy, scientific knowledge of spasms.—adj. Spas′tic, relating to spasms, spasmodic.—adv. Spas′tically.—n. Spastic′ity, tendency to spasm.—Spasmodic school, a group of English poets, including P. J. Bailey, Sydney Dobell, and Alexander Smith, marked by overstrained and unnatural sentiment and expression. [Fr. spasme—L. spasmus—Gr. spasmos—spaein, to draw.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
An involuntary contraction of a muscle or group of muscles. Spasms may involve SKELETAL MUSCLE or SMOOTH MUSCLE.
The numerical value of spasm in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of spasm in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The immense majority of human biographies are a gray transit between domestic spasm and oblivion.
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.
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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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