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convulse

verb con·vulse \kən-ˈvəls\

medical : to have an experience in which the muscles in your body shake in a sudden violent way that you are not able to control : to experience convulsions

: to affect (someone or something) suddenly and violently

con·vulsedcon·vuls·ing

Full Definition of CONVULSE

transitive verb
:  to shake or agitate violently; especially :  to shake with or as if with irregular spasms <was convulsed with laughter>
intransitive verb
:  to become affected with convulsions

Examples of CONVULSE

  1. The patient reacted to the medication and began convulsing.
  2. The country was convulsed by war.

Origin of CONVULSE

Latin convulsus, past participle of convellere to pluck up, convulse, from com- + vellere to pluck — more at vulnerable
First Known Use: 1614

Synonym Discussion of CONVULSE

shake, agitate, rock, convulse mean to move up and down or to and fro with some violence. shake often carries a further implication of a particular purpose <shake well before using>. agitate suggests a violent and prolonged tossing or stirring <an ocean agitated by storms>. rock suggests a swinging or swaying motion resulting from violent impact or upheaval <the whole city was rocked by the explosion>. convulse suggests a violent pulling or wrenching as of a body in a paroxysm <spectators were convulsed with laughter>.

Other Medicine Terms

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Rhymes with CONVULSE

CONVULSED Defined for Kids

convulse

verb con·vulse \kən-ˈvəls\
con·vulsedcon·vuls·ing

Definition of CONVULSE for Kids

:  to shake violently or with jerky motions <I convulsed with laughter.>
Medical Dictionary

convulse

verb con·vulse \kən-ˈvəls\
con·vulsedcon·vuls·ing

Medical Definition of CONVULSE

transitive verb
:  to shake or agitate violently; especially :  to shake or cause to shake with or as if with irregular spasms <was convulsed with pain>
intransitive verb
:  to become affected with convulsions <some children will inevitably convulse when fever reaches a high point—H. R. Litchfield & L. H. Dembo>

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