Spasm Definition

spăzəm
spasmed, spasming, spasms
noun
spasms
A sudden, convulsive, involuntary muscular contraction: a tonic spasm is persistent and sustained, and a clonic spasm is one of a series of relatively brief contractions alternating with relaxations.
Webster's New World
Any sudden, violent, temporary activity, feeling, etc.
Webster's New World
verb
To undergo a spasm.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Spasm

Noun

Singular:
spasm
Plural:
spasms

Origin of Spasm

  • Middle English spasme from Old French from Latin spasmus from Greek spasmos from spān to pull

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French spasme, from Latin spasmus, from Ancient Greek σπασμός (spasmos, “spasm, convulsion"). Compare span.

    From Wiktionary

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