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par·ox·ysm

 (păr′ək-sĭz′əm)
n.
1. A sudden outburst of emotion or action: a paroxysm of laughter.
2.
a. A sudden attack, recurrence, or intensification of a disease.
b. A spasm or fit; a convulsion.

[Middle English paroxism, periodic attack of a disease, from Medieval Latin paroxysmus, from Greek paroxusmos, from paroxūnein, to stimulate, irritate : para-, intensive pref.; see para-1 + oxūnein, to goad, sharpen (from oxus, sharp; see ak- in Indo-European roots).]

par′ox·ys′mal (-ək-sĭz′məl) adj.
par′ox·ys′mal·ly adv.

paroxysm

(ˈpærəkˌsɪzəm)
n
1. an uncontrollable outburst: a paroxysm of giggling.
2. (Pathology) pathol
a. a sudden attack or recurrence of a disease
b. any fit or convulsion
[C17: via French from Medieval Latin paroxysmus annoyance, from Greek paroxusmos, from paroxunein to goad, from para-1 (intensifier) + oxunein to sharpen, from oxus sharp]
ˌparoxˈysmal, ˌparoxˈysmic adj
ˌparoxˈysmally adv

par•ox•ysm

(ˈpær əkˌsɪz əm)

n.
1. any sudden, violent outburst, as of action or emotion: paroxysms of rage.
2. a severe attack or a sudden increase in intensity of a disease, usu. recurring periodically.
[1570–80; earlier paroxismos < Greek paroxysmós irritation, derivative of paroxýnein to irritate]
par`ox•ys′mal, adj.
par`ox•ys′mal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paroxysm - a sudden uncontrollable attack; "a paroxysm of giggling"; "a fit of coughing"; "convulsions of laughter"
attack - a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition; "an attack of diarrhea"

paroxysm

noun outburst, attack, fit, seizure, flare-up (informal), eruption, spasm, convulsion She was overcome by a paroxysm of grief.

paroxysm

noun
1. A condition of anguished struggle and disorder:
convulsion, throe (used in plural).
2. A violent, excruciating seizure of pain:
Translations
نَوبَةٌ فُجائِيَّه
návalvýbuchzáchvat
anfald
ParoxysmusAnfall
kohtaus
paroksizam
kast
lēkme
şiddetli duygu boşalımı

paroxysm

[ˈpærəksɪzəm] Nparoxismo m
she broke into a paroxysm of coughingle dio un ataque muy fuerte de tos
it sent him into paroxysms of mirth/ragele hizo troncharse de risa/le produjo un ataque de ira

paroxysm

[ˈpærəksɪzəm] n
(MEDICINE)paroxysme m
(= spasm) [coughing] → quinte f
He broke into a paroxysm of coughing → Il fut pris d'une quinte de toux.
to send sb into paroxysms of laughter → faire hurler qn de rire
(= fit) [grief, anger] → accès m
in a paroxysm of rage → dans un accès de rage

paroxysm

nAnfall m; paroxysm of griefVerzweiflungsanfall m; to be seized by a paroxysm of rageeinen Wutanfall bekommen; paroxysms of laughterein Lachkrampf m

paroxysm

[ˈpærəkˌsɪzm] n (Med) → parossismo; (of laughter, coughing) → convulso; (of grief, anger) → attacco

paroxysm

(ˈpӕrəksizəm) noun
a sudden sharp attack (of pain, rage, laughter etc). a paroxysm of coughing/fury.

par·ox·ysm

n. paroxismo, ataque;
espasmo o convulsión;
síntomas que se repiten y se intensifican.

paroxysm

n paroxismo
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