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spasmodic
American English: /spæzˈmɑdɪk/
British English: /spazˈmɒdɪk/

Translation of spasmodic in Spanish:

adjective

  • 1.1
    (growth/activity)
    Example sentences
    • The orchestra comes to life in spasmodic bursts.
    • The band bring abrasive but melodic rock that comes complete with spasmodic on-stage performance.
    • She gives a last little spasmodic lunge and then pulls away and takes a deep breath.
    1.2 (Medicine)
    (pain/jerks/cough)
    Example sentences
    • Hiccups are the spasmodic, involuntary contraction of the diaphragm that is caused by irritation of the nerves that supply these muscles.
    • In a letter to Emily Howland, Washington described Benson as ‘whimsical, spasmodic and rather superficial.’
    • The oil is topically applied to relieve spasmodic pains.

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