spastic

adjective
spas·tic | \ ˈspa-stik \

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

spastic

noun

Definition of spastic (Entry 2 of 2)

: one suffering from spastic paralysis

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Other words from spastic

Adjective

spastically \ˈspa-sti-k(ə-)lē \ 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

Rafael, once a physician, moves into a Catholic retirement community following his wife's death and gains two sidekicks: the former soap opera heartthrob Pablo and the spastic, stridently wacky Anselmo. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "The wall’s gonna fall at the Chicago Latino Film Festival," 5 Apr. 2018 She was diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy at age 1, according to the family's YouCaring page. Sarah Klein, Health.com, "This Video of a 4-Year-Old With Cerebral Palsy Walking on Her Own for the First Time Will Make Your Day," 6 July 2018 By late 1982, thanks in part to the onset of the Reagan-era economic boom, a period of reckless, almost spastic, buying had begun in earnest. Stephen Metcalf, The Atlantic, "Jean-Michel Basquiat Is Still an Enigma," 24 June 2018 Another 4% develop tropical spastic paraparesis, a disease similar to multiple sclerosis. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "Scientists are declaring war against a leukemia-causing virus that has infected millions," 23 May 2018 Nelson: No doubt Marc-Andre Fleury is most deserving right now, with four shutouts and ridiculously acrobatic (some might mistake them for spastic) saves to help make the Knights’ playoff experience a breeze so far. The Si Staff, SI.com, "NHL Mid-Playoffs Roundtable: Biggest Surprise, Conn Smythe Predictions, More," 11 May 2018 For every spastic celebration that followed the many unforgettable March moments his UConn teams produced, there are as many instances of indelible fury. Chris Brodeur, courant.com, "On Jim Calhoun's 76th Birthday, 7 Joyful Moments And 6 That Weren't So Joyful," 10 May 2018 Terminal illness, neurodegenerative diseases, and dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders are now qualifying conditions. Sam Wood, Philly.com, "Pa. approves sale of marijuana 'flower;' and will allow cannabis to treat opioid addiction," 16 Apr. 2018 The lineup immediately proved too much for TCU's spastic defense to handle. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "On emotional day, Texas downs No. 16 TCU in double overtime," 11 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of spastic

Adjective

1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spastic

Adjective

Latin spasticus, from Greek spastikos drawing in, from span

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spastic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of spastic

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

spastic

adjective
spas·tic | \ ˈspas-tik \

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 \ adverb

spastic

noun

Medical Definition of spastic (Entry 2 of 2)

: an individual affected with spastic paralysis

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