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spas·mod·ic

 (spăz-mŏd′ĭk)
adj.
1. Relating to, affected by, or having the character of a spasm; convulsive.
2. Happening intermittently; fitful: spasmodic rifle fire.
3. Given to sudden outbursts of energy or feeling; excitable.

[New Latin spasmōdicus, from Greek spasmōdēs, from spasmos, spasm; see spasm.]

spas·mod′i·cal·ly adv.
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spasmodic

(spæzˈmɒdɪk) or rarely

spasmodical

adj
1. taking place in sudden brief spells
2. (Pathology) of or characterized by spasms
[C17: New Latin, from Greek spasmos a spasm]
spasˈmodically adv
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spas•mod•ic

(spæzˈmɒd ɪk)

also spas•mod′i•cal,



adj.
1. pertaining to or of the nature of a spasm; characterized by spasms.
2. resembling a spasm; sudden but brief; sporadic: spasmodic efforts at reform.
3. given to or characterized by bursts of excitement.
[1675–85; < Medieval Latin spasmodicus < Greek spasmṓd(ēs) spasmodic (derivative of spasmós spasm; see -ode1) + Latin -icus -ic]
spas•mod′i•cal•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.spasmodic - affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions; resembling a spasm; "convulsive motions"; "his body made a spasmodic jerk"; "spastic movements"
unsteady - subject to change or variation; "her unsteady walk"; "his hand was unsteady as he poured the wine"; "an unsteady voice"
2.spasmodic - occurring in spells and often abruptly; "fitful bursts of energy"; "spasmodic rifle fire"
sporadic - recurring in scattered and irregular or unpredictable instances; "a city subjected to sporadic bombing raids"
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spasmodic

adjective sporadic, irregular, erratic, intermittent, jerky, fitful, convulsive My husband's work was so spasmodic.
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Translations

spasmodic

[spæzˈmɒdɪk] ADJ
1. (Med) → espasmódico
2. (= intermittent) → irregular, intermitente
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spasmodic

[spæzˈmɒdɪk] adj [sobs] → spasmodique; [interest, fighting, activity] → sporadique
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spasmodic

adj (Med) → krampfartig, spasmisch, spasmodisch (spec); (fig: = occasional) → sporadisch; growthschubweise; his generosity was spasmodicer hatte Phasen or Anfälle von Großzügigkeit
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spasmodic

[spæzˈmɒdɪk] adj (Med) → spasmodico/a (fig) (growth) → irregolare
she made spasmodic attempts to give up smoking → ha tentato più volte di smettere di fumare
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spasmodic

adj espasmódico
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Study was carried out from January-April' 2017, a total of twelve equines suffering from various types of colic (impactive and spasmodic colic) were taken for clinico-hematobiochemical alterations.
I was relieved to find she had spasmodic colic which, mercifully, was easy to treat.
As an aged mare who has always been fond of her food,I suspected that her spasmodic colic had been caused in part by her teeth, which as she has become older are less effective in grinding down her grass.