convulsion

noun
con·​vul·​sion | \ kən-ˈvəl-shən How to pronounce convulsion (audio) \

Definition of convulsion

1a : an abnormal violent and involuntary contraction or series of contractions of the muscles
2a : a violent disturbance
b : an uncontrolled fit : paroxysm

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Other Words from convulsion

convulsionary \ kən-​ˈvəl-​shə-​ˌner-​ē How to pronounce convulsionary (audio) \ adjective

Examples of convulsion in a Sentence

the Russian Revolution was one of the major convulsions of the 20th century
Recent Examples on the Web The poor characters, too, are hopelessly stuck in their money-grubbing mind-set, fighting each other before the movie explodes, invariably, in a revolutionary convulsion of violence against their class overlords. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "The Irishman and Parasite: Two Paths for the Hustle," 11 Dec. 2019 Setting all this grammatical soul-searching in motion was a global financial convulsion. Fortune, "America’s CEOs Seek a New Purpose for the Corporation," 19 Aug. 2019 The Elazig convulsion, and a much smaller tremor this week, add urgency to warnings by officials and scientists of a calamity. Taylan Bilgic, Bloomberg.com, "Istanbul Earthquake Warnings Underlined by Eastern Turkey Tremor," 10 May 2020 The pain comes back, along with jaundice, convulsions, coma, and death. Popular Science, "From the death cap to the alcohol inky: seven poisonous mushrooms you definitely don’t want to eat," 11 Mar. 2020 Scary scene at Flames practice a week ago Friday when TJ Brodie collapsed to the ice in convulsions. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 23 Nov. 2019 Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a bacterial infection that can cause intense and violent coughing fits, and can lead to pneumonia, convulsions, encephalopathy (brain damage) or even death. Tara Haelle, New York Times, "The Vaccines You Need During Pregnancy," 17 Apr. 2020 Withdrawal itself is not life-threatening, but complications such as convulsions, epileptic seizures and cardiac arrhythmias can be deadly. Fox News, "Closing Pennsylvania liquor stores could lead to withdrawal, death: experts," 27 Mar. 2020 The pain comes back, along with jaundice, convulsions, coma, and death. Popular Science, "From the death cap to the alcohol inky: seven poisonous mushrooms you definitely don’t want to eat," 11 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of convulsion

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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14 Jun 2020

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“Convulsion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/convulsion. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for convulsion

convulsion

noun
How to pronounce convulsion (audio)

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 How to pronounce convulsion (audio) \

Kids Definition of convulsion

: an attack of powerful involuntary muscular contractions

convulsion

noun
con·​vul·​sion | \ kən-ˈvəl-shən How to pronounce convulsion (audio) \

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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