convulse


con·vulse

verb \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

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Rhymes with CONVULSE

con·vulse

verb \kən-ˈvəls\   (Medical Dictionary)
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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