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convulsion

[ kuhn-vuhl-shuhn ]
/ kənˈvʌl ʃən /
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noun

contortion of the body caused by violent, involuntary muscular contractions of the extremities, trunk, and head.
violent agitation or disturbance; commotion.
an outburst of great, uncontrollable laughter.

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Origin of convulsion

First recorded in 1575–85, convulsion is from the Latin word convulsiōn- (stem of convulsiō). See convulse, -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for convulsion

convulsion
/ (kənˈvʌlʃən) /

noun

a violent involuntary contraction of a muscle or muscles
a violent upheaval, disturbance, or agitation, esp a social one
(usually plural) informal uncontrollable laughterI was in convulsions
convulsionary, adjective
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Medical definitions for convulsion

convulsion
[ kən-vŭlshən ]

n.

An intense, paroxysmal, involuntary muscular contraction or a series of such contractions.seizure
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Cultural definitions for convulsion

convulsion

A severe, often violent involuntary contraction of the muscles. Convulsions may be caused by high fevers or poisoning and often accompany such diseases such as epilepsy.

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