convulsion

noun
con·vul·sion | \ kən-ˈvəl-shən \

Definition of convulsion 

1a : an abnormal violent and involuntary contraction or series of contractions of the muscles

b : seizure sense 2a

2a : a violent disturbance

b : an uncontrolled fit : paroxysm

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Other words from convulsion

convulsionary \kən-ˈvəl-shə-ˌner-ē \ adjective

Examples of convulsion in a Sentence

the Russian Revolution was one of the major convulsions of the 20th century

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This can cause fever, bloody urine, jaundice, rash, convulsions and, in rare cases, death. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Woman Bit by Spider Must Pay to Leave Infested Apartment — As Couple Worries About New Renters," 11 July 2018 When officers arrived at the door, Trump collapsed, went into convulsions and had to be taken to the hospital, Fox 43 reported. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "Suspicious relatives called police. Cops found a baby's body in kitty litter, police say," 14 June 2018 Inmates who smoked the drug Monday started vomiting, hallucinating and having convulsions. Fox News, "6 Florida inmates ill after smoking smuggled marijuana," 13 June 2018 This can lead to muscle twitching, paralyzed breathing, convulsions, and death. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Second Novichok poisoning in Britain raises alarm, questions over contamination," 5 July 2018 The deal comes as the health care industry is undergoing a series of convulsions in response to rising costs and pressure on drug makers, pharmacy benefit managers, and insurers. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Amazon agrees to buy PillPack in a bid to remake the pharmaceutical supply chain," 28 June 2018 Trump has a history of targeting Merkel on the issue, which has led to political convulsions not only in Germany, but across Europe. Emma Russell, The New Republic, "On immigration, Angela Merkel is Trump’s greatest foil.," 18 June 2018 Ortega, who began his third five-year term in office last year, withdrew the social security overhaul that sparked the social convulsion last Sunday and agreed to meet with different sectors of society. Washington Post, "Tens of thousands march for peace, justice in Nicaragua," 28 Apr. 2018 Ortega, who began his third five-year term in office last year, withdrew the social security overhaul that sparked the social convulsion last Sunday and agreed to meet with different sectors of society. Luis Manuel Galeano, Fox News, "Tens of thousands march for peace, justice in Nicaragua," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of convulsion

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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convulsion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of convulsion

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.

convulsion

noun
con·vul·sion | \ kən-ˈvəl-shən \

Kids Definition of convulsion

: an attack of powerful involuntary muscular contractions

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

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