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)

: an individual suffering from spastic paralysis

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Other Words from spastic


spastically \ ˈspa-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce spastic (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 Bickerstaff hobbled over on his crutches for an extended chat with Okoro, the presumed starting small forward who looked spastic in the first three preseason games. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 11 Oct. 2021 Mercado, a fellow Latinx member of the LGBTQ community, was diagnosed with spastic muscular dystrophy as a child and has been using a wheelchair ever since. Glenn Garner,, 1 Oct. 2021 Sure enough, Jan does, by all accounts, a good— nay, a great job in the halftime show challenge as a foot-on-the-piano-playing, spastic Lady Gaga. Paul Mccallion, Vulture, 8 July 2021 Rick Hoyt was born a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy and cannot walk or talk., 21 Apr. 2021 His mother, Devan Lewis, says Blake suffered a bilateral stroke in utero that caused significant brain damage and was later diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, which affects his fine motor skills and general mobility. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 19 Apr. 2021 Rich was born a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy, CBS Boston reports. April Siese, CBS News, 18 Mar. 2021 In a spastic neonatal sequence, our young hero flickers between both. Jason Kehe, Wired, 21 Aug. 2020 Fredd33 juxtaposes a soft, spiritual chorus with raw, anguished screams over spastic, aggressive, electronic production. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 July 2020

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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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14 Oct 2021

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“Spastic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of spastic

: 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


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 spastic (audio) \ adverb



Medical Definition of spastic (Entry 2 of 2)

: an individual affected by spastic paralysis

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