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[blef-er-uh-spaz-uh m]
noun Pathology.
  1. spasmodic winking.
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Origin of blepharospasm

First recorded in 1870–75; blepharo- + spasm
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Historical Examples of blepharospasm

  • Sometimes all the muscles are involved, sometimes only one, for example the orbicularis oculi (palpebrarum)—blepharospasm.

    Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition.

    Alexander Miles

  • It is useful in some cases of blepharospasm associated with fissure at the outer canthus.

British Dictionary definitions for blepharospasm


  1. spasm of the muscle of the eyelids, causing the eyes to shut tightly, either as a response to painful stimuli or occurring as a form of dystonia
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Word Origin for blepharospasm

C19: from Greek blepharo (n) eyelid + spasm
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blepharospasm in Medicine


  1. Spasmodic winking caused by the involuntary contraction of an eyelid muscle.
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