spasm

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noun \ˈspa-zəm\

Definition of spasm

  1. 1 :  an involuntary and abnormal muscular contraction

  2. 2 :  a sudden violent and temporary effort, emotion, or sensation a spasm of creativity spasms of pain

spasm

intransitive verb

Examples of spasm in a sentence

  1. a disease that causes muscle spasms

  2. He was racked with coughing spasms.

  3. She was suffering spasms of guilt.

Origin and Etymology of spasm

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


First Known Use: 14th century


SPASM Defined for English Language Learners

spasm

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noun \ˈspa-zəm\

Definition of spasm for English Language Learners

  • : a sudden uncontrolled and often painful tightening of a muscle

  • : a sudden and usually brief occurrence of something you cannot control


SPASM Defined for Kids

spasm

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noun \ˈspa-zəm\

Definition of spasm for Students

  1. 1 :  a sudden uncontrolled and often painful tightening of muscles back spasms

  2. 2 :  a sudden, strong, and temporary effort, emotion, or outburst a spasm of coughing a spasm of guilt


Medical Dictionary

spasm

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noun \ˈspaz-əm\

Medical Definition of spasm

  1. 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. 2:  the state or condition of a muscle or organ affected with spasms the renal artery went into spasm



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