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
Briefly ▪ Mike Napoli, who left Saturday’s game with reoccurring back spasms, did not play Sunday and will be reevaluated before Tuesday’s game.
Fellow starter Casey Mize missed three of the final five weekends of the season with discomfort in his throwing arm, while infielder Luke Jarvis has been battling back spasms and right fielder Daniel Robert has dealt with a shoulder injury.
And if the roach has been the target of an insecticide, certain kinds of poison, notably organophosphate nerve poisons, cause muscular spasms that can flip a cockroach onto its back.
One day after shooting an opening-round 77 in the Dubai Desert Classic, Woods withdraws prior to his second round, citing back spasms.
Second baseman Tyler Saladino was put on the 10-day disabled list with back spasms.
Saladino was placed on Chicago’s 10-day disabled list with back spasms.
On Wednesday, the Angels put him on the 10-day disabled list because of back spasms.
That organ too will start to spasm, spiking your blood pressure.
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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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