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tonic spasm

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  1. See under spasm(def 1).

Origin of tonic spasm

First recorded in 1825–35

spasm

[spaz-uh m]
noun
  1. Pathology. a sudden, abnormal, involuntary muscular contraction, consisting of a continued muscular contraction (tonic spasm) or of a series of alternating muscular contractions and relaxations (clonic spasm).
  2. any sudden, brief spell of great energy, activity, feeling, etc.

Origin of spasm

1350–1400; Middle English spasme < Latin spasmus < Greek spasmós convulsion, derivative of spân to draw a sword or cord, wrench (off), convulse

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2. fit, storm, flash, spurt.
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British Dictionary definitions for tonic spasm

spasm

noun
  1. an involuntary muscular contraction, esp one resulting in cramp or convulsion
  2. a sudden burst of activity, emotion, etc

Word Origin

C14: from Latin spasmus, from Greek spasmos a cramp, from span to tear
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Word Origin and History for tonic spasm

spasm

n.

c.1400, from Old French spasme, from Latin spasmus "a spasm," from Greek spasmos "a spasm, convulsion," from span "draw up, tear away, contract violently, pull," from PIE *spe- "stretch." Figurative sense of "a sudden convulsion" (of emotion, politics, etc.) is attested from 1817.

spasm

v.

1900, from spasm (n.). Related: Spasmed; spasming.

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tonic spasm in Medicine

spasm

(spăzəm)
n.
  1. A sudden involuntary contraction of a muscle or group of muscles.
  2. A muscle spasm.

tonic spasm

n.
  1. A continuous involuntary muscular contraction.entasia
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