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
Examples of spasm in a Sentence
a disease that causes muscle spasms
He was racked with coughing spasms.
She was suffering spasms of guilt.
Recent Examples of spasm from the Web
The episode happened at dinnertime in a neighborhood bar, part of a spasm of hatred that seems to be uncoiling in small towns and big cities across the nation — and in rising numbers.
Marijuana products also appear to be effective at calming muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and easing nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, the report stated.
That included Dalton Guthrie batting second and hitting second despite suffering back spasms that forced in out of Saturday’s game.
Severe muscle spasms occur as a result of salt and water loss following exertion, most often in the hands, calves, and feet.
Kipnis, back in the lineup after missing two games with neck spasms, drew a leadoff walk in the third.
The violence has come regularly for years, in one politically charged spasm after another.
Briefly ▪ Mike Napoli, who left Saturday’s game with reoccurring back spasms, did not play Sunday and will be reevaluated before Tuesday’s game.
Ryan Rua, who entered the game in place of Mike Napoli, who left with back spasms, led off with a walk.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
SPASM Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of spasm for Students
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
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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