- 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.
Origin of convulsion
Related Words for convulsionstremor, cramp, contraction, seizure, paroxysm, cataclysm, turbulence, agitation, upheaval, tumult, attack, contortion, fit, throe, epilepsy, seism, disaster, shock, commotion, upturn
Examples from the Web for convulsions
Contemporary Examples of convulsions
Knocked cold, Lakpa collapsed on the rocks, heaving in convulsions, Kodas wrote.Breaking Mount Everest’s Glass Ceiling
Amanda Padoan, Peter Zuckerman
March 30, 2014
Symptoms may range from palpitations and severe sweating to paralysis, convulsions, and death.Sarin, Nitrogen Mustard, Cyanide & More: All About Chemical Weapons
August 26, 2013
It will suffer other upsets and reversals, and pass through other convulsions.Bernard-Henri Lévy on Susan Rice’s Role in the Libyan War for Justice
December 2, 2012
Only this time, the return fire had a rare twist, one that could produce Washington convulsions.Rumbling Over Rahm
Leslie H. Gelb
February 22, 2010
Historical Examples of convulsions
She managed it with difficulty between the convulsions that were rending her.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"You will throw yourself again into convulsions," said Belinda.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
She expired in my arms in convulsions, and my distress was indescribable.Beaux and Belles of England
We hurried into Rossetti's room and found him in convulsions.Recollections of Dante Gabriel Rossetti
T. Hall Caine
It is rarely that convulsions cease while a child is actually in the bath.The Mother's Manual of Children's Diseases
Charles West, M.D.
- 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
Word Origin and History for convulsions
1580s, from Latin convulsionem (nominative convulsio), noun of action from past participle stem of convellere "to tear loose," from com- "together" (see com-) + vellere "to pluck, pull violently."
- An intense, paroxysmal, involuntary muscular contraction or a series of such contractions.seizure
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.