spas·​tic | \ ˈspa-stik How to pronounce spastic (audio) \

Definition of spastic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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 sense 2 a spastic influx of data



Definition of spastic (Entry 2 of 2)

: one suffering from spastic paralysis

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Other Words from spastic


spastically \ ˈspa-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce spastically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of spastic in a Sentence

Adjective even after the formal surrender, spastic violence erupted in scattered quarters of the city
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In a spastic neonatal sequence, our young hero flickers between both. Jason Kehe, Wired, "Watch This Obscure Animated Classic. Never Recover," 21 Aug. 2020 Fredd33 juxtaposes a soft, spiritual chorus with raw, anguished screams over spastic, aggressive, electronic production. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 Milwaukee albums and songs you have to hear in July, from Lorde Fredd33, Browns Crew, LUXI and more," 1 July 2020 She was eventually diagnosed with type III (spastic) achalasia that manifested with a corkscrew esophagus. Maggie O'neill,, "What Is Corkscrew Esophagus? Here’s What a Gastroenterologist Says," 29 Apr. 2020 The masterminds behind 100 gecs, Dylan Brady and Laura Les, have gone on to perform their brand of spastic noise pop at real-life events, including notable shows at N.Y.U.’s Kimmel Center and at Elsewhere, in Brooklyn, last year. New York Times, "Music, Theater and More to Experience at Home This Weekend," 16 Apr. 2020 Adrian Quesada — the band’s co-leader, formerly of Grupo Fantasma — lent the group a garage-rock vibe with his concise, bluesy guitar solos, while spastic keyboardist JaRon Marshall added breezy funk flavors. Dallas News, "The Kessler Theater barely contained Black Pumas on Saturday night," 12 Jan. 2020 That’s one quality the Soul Squad aims to imbue in the new test subjects for this not-so-modest experiment that could save Team Cockroach (plus all of humanity) from eternal torture via butthole spiders and spastic dentistry. Dan Snierson,, "Inside The Good Place's final season: 'This will be worth it'," 16 Sep. 2019 Ocando was born with spastic quadriplegia, a subset of cerebral palsy. Drake Hills, azcentral, "Phoenix Rising FC helps sports lawyer from Venezuela embrace new home in Tempe," 27 Aug. 2019 Given Gordon Gano's, um, unique voice, Brian Ritchie's punk riffs on acoustic bass, and Victor De Lorenzo's sparse yet spastic percussion, no one quite sounded like the Femmes on that first album, and no one's exactly sounded like them since. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Violent Femmes play classic album, premiere new songs, honor Dr. John at Milwaukee homecoming," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of spastic


1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spastic


Latin spasticus, from Greek spastikos drawing in, from span

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The first known use of spastic was in 1753

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“Spastic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of spastic

: relating to or affected with spasms
old-fashioned : suffering from cerebral palsy or a similar disease that causes uncontrolled movements
informal : having movements like spasms : clumsy or awkward


spas·​tic | \ ˈspas-tik How to pronounce spastic (audio) \

Medical Definition of spastic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from spastic

spastically \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce spastically (audio) \ adverb



Medical Definition of spastic (Entry 2 of 2)

: an individual affected with spastic paralysis

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