- pertaining to or of the nature of a spasm; characterized by spasms.
- resembling a spasm or spasms; sudden but brief; sporadic: spasmodic efforts at reform.
- given to or characterized by bursts of excitement.
Origin of spasmodic
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2. occasional, intermittent, periodic, fleeting.
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Examples from the Web for antispasmodic
The plant is narcotic, antispasmodic and like belladonna it dilates the pupil.The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines
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Antispasmodic, emmenagogue, and tonic, and slightly aperient.
These pills are stimulant, expectorant, antispasmodic, and emmenagogue.
Antispasmodic, expectorant, and tonic, and in quantity emetic.
The refined product is said to be antispasmodic, anodyne, and diaphoretic.
- preventing or arresting spasms, esp in smooth muscle
- an antispasmodic drug
- taking place in sudden brief spells
- of or characterized by spasms
C17: New Latin, from Greek spasmos spasm
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Word Origin and History for antispasmodic
1681, from Medieval Latin spasmodicus, from Greek spasmodes "of the nature of a spasm," from spasmos (see spasm) + -odes "like."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Preventing or relieving convulsions or spasms.
- An antispasmodic agent.
- Relating to, affected by, or having the character of a spasm; convulsive.
- Happening intermittently; fitful.
- Given to sudden outbursts of energy or of feeling; excitable.
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