Spasm meaning

spăzəm
The definition of a spasm is a sudden and often involuntary feeling or movement, particularly a muscle contraction.

An example of a spasm is a sudden jerking of the knee.

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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.
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A sudden, involuntary contraction of a muscle or group of muscles.
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A sudden burst of energy, activity, or emotion.
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Any sudden, violent, temporary activity, feeling, etc.
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To undergo a spasm.
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A sudden, involuntary contraction of a muscle or group of muscles.
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A sudden, involuntary contraction of a muscle, a group of muscles, or a hollow organ.
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To produce and undergo a spasm.
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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