spasmodic


spas·mod·ic

adjective \spaz-ˈmä-dik\

: relating to or caused by a spasm

: happening suddenly and briefly at different times in a way that is not regular

Full Definition of SPASMODIC

1
a :  relating to or affected or characterized by spasm
b :  resembling a spasm especially in sudden violence <a spasmodic jerk>
2
:  acting or proceeding fitfully :  intermittent <spasmodic activity>
3
:  subject to outbursts of emotional excitement :  excitable
spas·mod·i·cal·ly \-di-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of SPASMODIC

  1. He made only spasmodic attempts to lose weight.
  2. <spasmodic problems that we will have to deal with as they crop up>

Origin of SPASMODIC

New Latin spasmodicus, from Greek spasmōdēs, from spasmos
First Known Use: circa 1681

spas·mod·ic

adjective \spaz-ˈmäd-ik\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SPASMODIC

: of, relating to, characterized by, or resulting from spasm <a spasmodic twitching> <a spasmodic cough>
spas·mod·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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