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convulsion

noun con·vul·sion \kən-ˈvəl-shən\

medical : a sudden violent shaking of the muscles in your body that you are unable to control

: a sudden experience of something (such as laughter) that shakes or moves your body

: a sudden change or disturbance that affects a country, organization, etc.

Full Definition of CONVULSION

1
:  an abnormal violent and involuntary contraction or series of contractions of the muscles
2
a :  a violent disturbance
b :  an uncontrolled fit :  paroxysm
con·vul·sion·ary \-shə-ˌner-ē\ adjective
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Examples of CONVULSION

  1. <the Russian Revolution was one of the major convulsions of the 20th century>

First Known Use of CONVULSION

1547

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CONVULSIONARY Defined for Kids

convulsion

noun con·vul·sion \kən-ˈvəl-shən\

Definition of CONVULSION for Kids

:  an attack of powerful involuntary muscular contractions
Medical Dictionary

convulsion

noun con·vul·sion \kən-ˈvəl-shən\

Medical Definition of CONVULSION

1
:  an abnormal violent and involuntary contraction or series of contractions of the muscles—often used in plural <a patient suffering from convulsions>
2
:  seizure 1

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