Spasmodic meaning

spăz-mŏd'ĭk
The definition of spasmodic is something relating to a spasm or a sudden movement.

An example of spasmodic is a dog that has epileptic seizures.

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Relating to, affected by, or having the character of a spasm; convulsive.
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Happening intermittently; fitful.

Spasmodic rifle fire.

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Given to sudden outbursts of energy or feeling; excitable.
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Of, having the nature of, like, or characterized by a spasm or spasms; sudden, violent, and temporary; fitful; intermittent.
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Highly emotional or excitable.
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Relating to, affected by, or having the character of a spasm; convulsive.
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Of or relating to a spasm; resembling a sudden contraction of the muscles.
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Convulsive; consisting of spasms.

Spasmodic asthma.

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Intermittent or fitful; occurring in abrupt bursts.

Spasmodic zeal or industry.

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Erratic or unsustained.
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Origin of spasmodic

  • New Latin spasmōdicus from Greek spasmōdēs from spasmos spasm spasm
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From New Latin spasmodicus, from Ancient Greek σπασμώδης (spasmōdÄ“s, “spasmodic"), from σπασμός (spasmos, “spasm").
    From Wiktionary