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spasmodic

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adjective spas·mod·ic \spaz-ˈmä-dik\

Simple Definition of spasmodic

  • : 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. 1a :  relating to or affected or characterized by spasmb :  resembling a spasm especially in sudden violence <a spasmodic jerk>

  2. 2 :  acting or proceeding fitfully :  intermittent <spasmodic activity>

  3. 3 :  subject to outbursts of emotional excitement :  excitable

spas·mod·i·cal·ly play \-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

Synonym Discussion of spasmodic

fitful, spasmodic, convulsive mean lacking steadiness or regularity in movement. fitful implies intermittence, a succession of starts and stops or risings and fallings <fitful sleep>. spasmodic adds to fitful the implication of rapid or violent activity alternating with inactivity <spasmodic growth>. convulsive suggests the breaking of regularity or quiet by uncontrolled movement <convulsive shocks>.

SPASMODIC Defined for Kids

spasmodic

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adjective spas·mod·ic \spaz-ˈmä-dik\

Definition of spasmodic

  1. :  relating to or affected by spasm :  involving spasms <spasmodic jerking>

spas·mod·i·cal·ly \-di-kə-lē\ adverb



Medical Dictionary

spasmodic

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adjective spas·mod·ic \spaz-ˈmäd-ik\

Medical Definition of spasmodic

  1. :  of, relating to, characterized by, or resulting from spasm <a spasmodic twitching> <a spasmodic cough>

  2. spas·mod·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb





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