spas·​tic·​i·​ty | \ spa-ˈsti-sə-tē \

Definition of spasticity

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

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In general, the National Academies of Sciences has reported that there is substantial evidence indicating that marijuana is effective in treating chronic pain, nausea from chemotherapy, and muscle spasticity from multiple sclerosis. Robert Mccoppin,, "Illinois lawmakers OK medical marijuana as prescription painkiller substitute; bill goes to governor," 4 June 2018 The drug, Sativex, has both THC and CBD and treats the spasticity caused by MS. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "Archived chat: STAT on Marijuana-based medicine and drug development," 28 June 2018 Another component, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is found in Sativex, a medicine prescribed to treat spasticity in multiple sclerosis—and made by a British company. The Economist, "High and mighty," 21 June 2018 Tone reduction or spasticity is so common, and these technologies combat that. Meghan Dunn, CNN, "Bionic woman skis, bikes and helps others thrive after paralysis," 12 Apr. 2018 The drug is most useful for back and neck muscle spasms and spasticity, Hale said. Bradley J. Fikes,, "HybriToast for Hybritech, biotech funding, and neuronal cookbook," 10 May 2018 Damage to the nervous tissue of the CNS (brain-spinal cord) with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, and other associated neuropathies. Sam Wood,, "Pa. marijuana board OKs sale of cannabis leaf and flower," 9 Apr. 2018 Many are diagnosed with spasticity and other neurological problems that were covered under the list created eight years ago when the program was established. Jan Hefler,, "Most medical patients in New Jersey may now be eligible to use cannabis," 28 Mar. 2018 The uncontrolled spasticity stopped immediately for some patients, and that could have been the result of cutting the affected nerve, the researchers said. Maggie Fox, NBC News, "Nerve swap helps patients use damaged arms again," 20 Dec. 2017

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circa 1827, in the meaning defined above

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spas·​ti·​ci·​ty | \ spa-ˈstis-ət-ē \
plural spasticities

Medical Definition of spasticity

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

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