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spasmodic

[spaz-mod-ik] /spæzˈmɒd ɪk/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or of the nature of a spasm; characterized by spasms.
2.
resembling a spasm or spasms; sudden but brief; sporadic:
spasmodic efforts at reform.
3.
given to or characterized by bursts of excitement.
Sometimes, spasmodical.
Origin of spasmodic
1675-1685
1675-85; < Medieval Latin spasmodicus < Greek spasmṓd(ēs) spasmodic (derivative of spasmós spasm; see -ode1) + Latin -icus -ic
Related forms
spasmodically, adverb
antispasmodic, adjective, noun
postspasmodic, adjective
unspasmodic, adjective
unspasmodical, adjective
unspasmodically, adverb
Synonyms
2. occasional, intermittent, periodic, fleeting.
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Examples from the Web for spasmodically
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  • He clutched at it spasmodically, to be sure it was still safe.

  • Sylvia drew away from Runyon, not spasmodically, but as if she were moving in her sleep.

  • For the lad caught him spasmodically by the arm with both hands.

    The Lost Middy George Manville Fenn
  • "My luck is serving me to-day," the newcomer went on spasmodically.

    The Woman in Black Edmund Clerihew Bentley
  • He extended his arm, and moved it spasmodically to encourage them.

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy
  • Then she saw Margaret, smiled at her spasmodically, and yawned again.

    Fair Margaret Francis Marion Crawford
  • spasmodically, he set his fangs in a viselike tightening of his grip.

    Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories Albert Payson Terhune
  • If He is merciful at all He cannot be merciful only spasmodically, erratically, or temporarily.

  • Then spasmodically she thought of something to say which seemed more intimate.

    A Little Princess Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • spasmodically The Gray Phantom pressed the receiver closer to his ear.

    The Gray Phantom Herman Landon
British Dictionary definitions for spasmodically

spasmodic

/spæzˈmɒdɪk/
adjective
1.
taking place in sudden brief spells
2.
of or characterized by spasms
Derived Forms
spasmodically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: New Latin, from Greek spasmosspasm
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Word Origin and History for spasmodically

spasmodic

adj.

1681, from Medieval Latin spasmodicus, from Greek spasmodes "of the nature of a spasm," from spasmos (see spasm) + -odes "like."

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spasmodically in Medicine

spasmodic spas·mod·ic (spāz-mŏd'ĭk)
adj.

  1. Relating to, affected by, or having the character of a spasm; convulsive.

  2. Happening intermittently; fitful.

  3. Given to sudden outbursts of energy or of feeling; excitable.


spas·mod'i·cal·ly adv.
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