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spasm

 (spăz′əm)
n.
1. A sudden, involuntary contraction of a muscle or group of muscles.
2. A sudden burst of energy, activity, or emotion.

[Middle English spasme, from Old French, from Latin spasmus, from Greek spasmos, from spān, to pull.]
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spasm

(ˈspæzəm)
n
1. (Pathology) an involuntary muscular contraction, esp one resulting in cramp or convulsion
2. a sudden burst of activity, emotion, etc
[C14: from Latin spasmus, from Greek spasmos a cramp, from span to tear]
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spasm

(ˈspæz əm)

n.
1. a sudden, abnormal, involuntary muscular contraction, consisting of a continued muscular contraction or of a series of alternating muscular contractions and relaxations.
2. any sudden, brief spell of great energy, activity, feeling, etc.
[1350–1400; < Latin spasmus < Greek spasmós derivative of spân to draw a sword]
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spasm

A sudden, involuntary contraction of the muscle lasting a short time.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spasm - a painful and involuntary muscular contractionspasm - a painful and involuntary muscular contraction
symptom - (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
charley horse, charley-horse - a muscular cramp (especially in the thigh or calf) following vigorous exercise
graphospasm, writer's cramp - muscular spasms of thumb and forefinger while writing with a pen or pencil
blepharospasm - spasm of the eyelid muscle resulting in closure of the eye
crick, kink, rick, wrick - a painful muscle spasm especially in the neck or back (`rick' and `wrick' are British)
myoclonus - a clonic spasm of a muscle or muscle group
twitch, twitching, vellication - a sudden muscle spasm; especially one caused by a nervous condition
tenesmus - painful spasm of the anal sphincter along with an urgent desire to defecate without the significant production of feces; associated with irritable bowel syndrome
trismus - prolonged spasm of the jaw muscles
2.spasm - (pathology) sudden constriction of a hollow organ (as a blood vessel)
bronchospasm - a spasm of the bronchi that makes exhalation difficult and noisy; associated with asthma and bronchitis
cardiospasm - a spasm of the cardiac sphincter (between the esophagus and the stomach); if the cardiac sphincter does not relax during swallowing the passage of food into the stomach is obstructed
retch, heave - an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting; "a bad case of the heaves"
laryngismus - laryngeal spasm caused by the sudden contraction of laryngeal muscles
constriction - the action or process of compressing
pathology - the branch of medical science that studies the causes and nature and effects of diseases
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spasm

noun
1. convulsion, contraction, paroxysm, twitch, throe (rare) A lack of magnesium causes muscles to go into spasm.
2. burst, fit, outburst, seizure, frenzy, eruption, access He felt a spasm of fear.
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spasm

noun
A violent, excruciating seizure of pain:
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Translations
křeč
krampespasme
kouristuspuuskaspasmikipukohtauskohtaus
grč
krampi
痙攣
경련
spazma
kramp
การชักกระตุกของกล้ามเนื้อ
kasılmakrampspazm
sự co thắt

spasm

[ˈspæzəm] N
1. (Med) → espasmo m
2. (= fit) → ataque m, acceso m
a spasm of coughingun ataque or acceso de tos
in a spasm of fearen un arrebato de miedo
a sudden spasm of activityun arranque or arrebato de actividad
to work in spasmstrabajar a rachas
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

spasm

[ˈspæzəm] n
(MEDICINE)spasme m
to go into spasm [muscle] → se tétaniser
[anger, pain, fear, coughing, anxiety] → accès m
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

spasm

n (Med) → Krampf m, → Spasmus m (spec); (of asthma, coughing, fig) → Anfall m; spasms of coughingkrampfartige Hustenanfälle pl; there was a spasm of activityes entwickelte sich fieberhafte Aktivität; they play well in spasmssie spielen ab und zu ganz gut
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

spasm

[ˈspæzm] n (Med) → spasmo; (of coughing) → attacco, accesso (fig) → accesso
there was a brief spasm of activity → c'è stato un momento di attività spasmodica
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

spasm

(ˈspӕzəm) noun
a sudden uncontrollable jerking of the muscles. A spasm of pain twisted his face for a moment.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

spasm

تَشَنُّج křeč spasme Krampf σπασμός espasmo kouristus spasme grč spasmo 痙攣 경련 kramp krampe skurcz espasmo спазм kramp การชักกระตุกของกล้ามเนื้อ kramp sự co thắt 痉挛
Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009

spasm

n. espasmo, convulsión, contracción muscular involuntaria.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

spasm

n espasmo
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