spasm

noun
\ ˈspa-zəm How to pronounce spasm (audio) \

Definition of spasm

1 : an involuntary and abnormal muscular contraction
2 : a sudden violent and temporary effort, emotion, or sensation a spasm of creativity spasms of pain

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spasm intransitive verb

Examples of spasm in a Sentence

a disease that causes muscle spasms He was racked with coughing spasms. She was suffering spasms of guilt.
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Its most famous drug is Botox, which is used to treat muscle spasms and migraines but is also commonly used as a cosmetic agent to reduce skin wrinkles. Chris Isidore, CNN, "AbbVie to buy Allergan in a $63 billion drug deal," 25 June 2019 Along with reducing wrinkles temporarily, Botox is approved to treat a growing number of medical conditions, including migraines and muscle spasms. Washington Post, "AbbVie makes $63B bid for Botox maker Allergan," 25 June 2019 Muscle stiffness and muscle spasms People with MS experience stiffness and involuntary spasms in their extremities, especially the legs. Elissa Sanci, Woman's Day, "7 Early Symptoms of MS In Women," 13 June 2019 The ex-cop turned mechanic is said to have unleashed an extended spasm of violence in the 1970s and ’80s: Nearly 60 home invasions; 50 rapes; 13 murders. Tribune News Service, oregonlive.com, "The Man in the Window: Is this the childhood of a serial killer? (Part One)," 22 June 2019 Some of the side effects of the drug include muscle spasm, headache, nervousness, irritability, insomnia, tremors, muscle weakness, increased appetite, weight loss, diarrhea, and heat intolerance. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "This Man Is Convinced His Wife Is Secretly Drugging Him With Thyroid Medication to Make Him Lose Weight," 14 June 2019 Some strains address muscle spasms, others inflammation. Jessica Matlin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New High Society," 18 Apr. 2019 This relationship can be cyclical, Sperling says: Stress or anxiety can prompt gut inflammation and intestinal spasms, leading to more GI symptoms, which can just translate to more stress or anxiety. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "How to Know If Your Abdominal Pain Is Physical or Mental," 16 Feb. 2019 Other injury updates: ■ J.D. Martinez will miss his fourth consecutive game because of back spasms. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Nathan Eovaldi has setback in return and other Red Sox injury updates," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of spasm

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spasm

Middle English spasme, from Anglo-French espasme, from Latin spasmus, from Greek spasmos, from span to draw, pull

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spasm

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spasm

: a sudden uncontrolled and often painful tightening of a muscle
: a sudden and usually brief occurrence of something you cannot control

spasm

noun
\ ˈspa-zəm How to pronounce spasm (audio) \

Kids Definition of spasm

1 : a sudden uncontrolled and often painful tightening of muscles back spasms
2 : a sudden, strong, and temporary effort, emotion, or outburst a spasm of coughing a spasm of guilt

spasm

noun
\ ˈspaz-əm How to pronounce spasm (audio) \

Medical Definition of spasm

1 : an involuntary and abnormal contraction of muscle or muscle fibers or of a hollow organ (as an artery, the colon, or the esophagus) that consists largely of involuntary muscle fibers
2 : the state or condition of a muscle or organ affected with spasms the renal artery went into spasm

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