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spastic

adjective spas·tic \ ˈspa-stik \
|Updated on: 6 Jul 2018

Definition of spastic

1 a : of, relating to, characterized by, or affected with or as if with spasm
  • a spastic patient
b : characterized by hypertonic muscles
  • spastic cerebral palsy
2 : spasmodic 2
  • a spastic influx of data

spastically

play \ˈspa-sti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of spastic in a Sentence

  1. even after the formal surrender, spastic violence erupted in scattered quarters of the city

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Origin and Etymology of spastic

Latin spasticus, from Greek spastikos drawing in, from span


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spastic

noun

Definition of spastic

: one suffering from spastic paralysis

First Known Use of spastic

1896

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SPASTIC Defined for English Language Learners

spastic

Definition of spastic for English Language Learners

  • 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


Medical Dictionary

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spastic

adjective spas·tic \ ˈspas-tik \

medical Definition of spastic

1 : of, relating to, or characterized by spasm
2 : affected with or marked by spasticity or spastic paralysis
  • a spastic patient
  • spastic hemiplegia

spastically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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spastic

noun

medical Definition of spastic

: an individual affected with spastic paralysis


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