- The definition of a paroxysm is a sudden attack that happens periodically from a disease or illness.
An example of a paroxysm is an asthma attack.
- The definition of a paroxysm is a sudden physical response including laughing or sneezing.
An example of a paroxysm is a laughing fit brought on by nervousness.
- a sudden attack, or intensification of the symptoms, of a disease, usually recurring periodically
- a sudden outburst as of laughter, rage, or sneezing; fit; spasm
Origin of paroxysmFrench paroxysme ; from Medieval Latin paroxysmus ; from Classical Greek paroxysmos ; from paroxynein, to excite, sharpen ; from para-, beyond (see para-) + oxynein, to sharpen ; from oxys, sharp: see oxy-
- A sudden outburst of emotion or action: a paroxysm of laughter.
- a. A sudden attack, recurrence, or intensification of a disease.b. A spasm or fit; a convulsion.
Origin of paroxysmMiddle English paroxism, periodic attack of a disease, from Medieval Latin paroxysmus, from Greek paroxusmos, from paroxūnein, to stimulate, irritate : para-, intensive pref.; see para–1 + oxūnein, to goad, sharpen (from oxus, sharp; see ak- in Indo-European roots).