spas·​tic·​i·​ty | \ spa-ˈsti-sə-tē How to pronounce spasticity (audio) \

Definition of spasticity

: a spastic state or condition especially : muscular hypertonicity with increased tendon reflexes

Examples of spasticity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And to be able to invert and do it and just calm enough to go into a split without having my body go into some spasticity just gives me confidence that there's so many things to still try and do in life and can improve ... Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 27 Sep. 2022 Doctors who receive training in medical cannabis will be able to recommend the products to treat more than a dozen symptoms and conditions, such as chronic pain, nausea from chemotherapy, muscle spasticity, depression, and panic disorder. Mike Cason |, al, 23 Sep. 2022 Some people receive injections of botulinum toxin to help with spasticity symptoms. Lauren Sieben, SELF, 22 Mar. 2022 Spastic cerebral palsy is rooted in spasticity, which develops when your brain, nerves, and muscles can’t communicate effectively. Lauren Sieben, SELF, 22 Mar. 2022 In early June, officials added three new conditions to the list of ailments for which someone can get marijuana: spasticity, Huntington’s disease and terminal illness, bringing the number of qualifying conditions to 25. cleveland, 23 July 2021 The board's medical marijuana committee this week advanced two conditions for the full board to approve at a future meeting: spasticity or persistent muscle spasms and terminal illness. Jackie Borchardt, The Enquirer, 14 May 2021 In early June, regulators approved medical marijuana for spasticity, terminal illness and Huntington’s disease. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, 13 Aug. 2021 The Ohio State Medical Board approved Huntington's disease, terminal illness and spasticity to the list. Jackie Borchardt, The Enquirer, 10 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of spasticity

circa 1827, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spasticity was circa 1827

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4 Oct 2022

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“Spasticity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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spas·​ti·​ci·​ty | \ spa-ˈstis-ət-ē How to pronounce spasticity (audio) \
plural spasticities

Medical Definition of spasticity

: a spastic state or condition especially : muscular hypertonicity with increased tendon reflexes


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