an·​ti·​spas·​mod·​ic ˌan-tē-spaz-ˈmä-dik How to pronounce antispasmodic (audio) ˌan-tī- How to pronounce antispasmodic (audio)
: capable of preventing or relieving spasms or convulsions
antispasmodic noun

Examples of antispasmodic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two muscle relaxers, tizanidine and diazepam, have both antispastic and antispasmodic qualities. Daryl Austin, USA TODAY, 10 June 2023 For example, it is said that traditional Persian herbalists administered soaked basil seeds to help with coughs, asthma, or colds due to their antispasmodic effects [2]. Science & Food, Discover Magazine, 25 Oct. 2016 Its antispasmodic properties provide me with the peace of mind—and peace of stomach—to enjoy social gatherings without the impending aftermath. Joey Skladany, Bon Appétit, 23 Dec. 2022 Alkaloid drugs offer a wide variety of medical uses, due to their anticholinergic and antispasmodic properties. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 16 Mar. 2022 My mother knew the spice’s sulfur compounds as an antiseptic, an antispasmodic, a digestive, a diuretic, an expectorant, a sedative, and a laxative. Madhur Jaffrey, The New Yorker, 14 Oct. 2022 Doctors prescribed a mix of calcium channel blockers to control Cisse's blood pressure, and antispasmodic drugs and hormonal treatments to delay the delivery for as long as possible. Sam Bradpiece For Cnn, CNN, 7 May 2021 Like peppermint, warmth can have an antispasmodic effect on your body and help your intestines to relax instead of contract too hard or too much, lessening that achy sensation that all too often comes along with gas, Dr. Wakim-Fleming says. Korin Miller, SELF, 14 Dec. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1679, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of antispasmodic was in 1679

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Cite this Entry

“Antispasmodic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 noun
an·​ti·​spas·​mod·​ic -spaz-ˈmäd-ik How to pronounce antispasmodic (audio)
: an antispasmodic agent


2 of 2 adjective
: capable of preventing or relieving spasms or convulsions
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