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spasm

Syllabification: spasm
Pronunciation: /ˈspazəm
 
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Definition of spasm in English:

noun

1A sudden involuntary muscular contraction or convulsive movement.
Example sentences
  • Her body convulsed into spasms and the twitching got worse as the situation got worse.
  • It seemed he was having violent spasms and convulsing.
  • When I released her, her body convulsed with spasms of pain.
Synonyms
contraction, convulsion, cramp;
twitch, jerk, tic, shudder, shiver, tremor
1.1A sudden and brief spell of an activity or sensation: a spasm of coughing woke him
More example sentences
  • Most intriguing on these two brief noise spasms is lead singer Beverly's grating howl.
  • The Pritzkers can only hope that all their current troubles will be fleeting, a brief spasm rather than the beginning of a decline in their fortunes.
  • Swanson's hit-and-miss lyrics, combined with the spasms and outbursts of the moog keyboard, completed the bands' sound.
Synonyms
fit, paroxysm, attack, burst, bout, seizure, outburst, outbreak, access
1.2Prolonged involuntary muscle contraction: the airways in the lungs go into spasm
More example sentences
  • Heat is often used after the first 24 to 48 hours to reduce pain, relieve muscle spasm, and improve local blood flow.
  • As he twisted around to glance at the television news, his back went into spasm.
  • The disease is characterized by a gradual increase in skeletal muscle rigidity and muscle spasm.

verb

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Origin

late Middle English: from Old French spasme, or via Latin from Greek spasmos, spasma, from span 'pull'.

Words that rhyme with spasm

chasm

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