Middle English spasmefrom Old French from Latin spasmusfrom Greek spasmosfromspānto pull
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Old French spasme, from Latinspasmus, from Ancient Greek σπασμός (spasmos, “spasm, convulsion"). Compare span.
Spasm Sentence Examples
These diseases cause tremor, spasm, and wasting of muscle.
Which observation sent another spasm of chills racing down Dean's spine.
For instance, spasm of muscles may give rise to writer's or musician's cramp.
Within the city walls are the Latin Patriarchal church and residence; the school of the Freres de la Doctrine Chretienne; the schools and printing house of the Franciscans; the Coptic monastery; the German church of the Redeemer, and hospice; the United Armenian church of the Spasm; the convent and school of the Seeurs de Zion; the Austrian hospice; the Turkish school and museum; the monastery and seminary of the Freres de la Mission Algerienne, with the restored church of St Anne, the church, schools and hospital of the London mission to the Jews; the Armenian seminary and Patriarchal buildings; the Rothschild hospital; and Jewish hospices and synagogues.
Muscle spasm in the neck can cause referred pain to radiate down the arm.