Definition of spasmodic in English:

spasmodic

Line breaks: spas|mod¦ic
Pronunciation: /spazˈmɒdɪk
 
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adjective

  • 2Caused by, subject to, or in the nature of a spasm or spasms: a spasmodic cough
    More 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.

Derivatives

spasmodically

adverb
More example sentences
  • The rumbles of thunder continued spasmodically above our heads, and the streets occasionally lit up in a flash of lightening.
  • Its little brown form quivered spasmodically as it sneezed.
  • He coughed spasmodically before gasping out his next words.

Origin

late 17th century: from modern Latin spasmodicus, from Greek spasmōdēs, from spasma (see spasm).

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