Definition of spastic
- a spastic patient
- spastic cerebral palsy
- a spastic influx of data
even after the formal surrender, spastic violence erupted in scattered quarters of the city
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First Known Use: 1753See Words from the same year
medical : relating to or affected with spasms
: suffering from cerebral palsy or a similar disease that causes uncontrolled movements
: having movements like spasms : clumsy or awkward
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