- convulsive disorder,
Origin of convulsion
Examples from the Web for convulsions
Knocked cold, Lakpa collapsed on the rocks, heaving in convulsions, Kodas wrote.
Symptoms may range from palpitations and severe sweating to paralysis, convulsions, and death.Sarin, Nitrogen Mustard, Cyanide & More: All About Chemical Weapons|Kent Sepkowitz|August 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Bernard-Henri Lévy|December 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Only this time, the return fire had a rare twist, one that could produce Washington convulsions.
Others give rise to delirum with spectral illusions or convulsions.Memoranda on Poisons|Thomas Hawkes Tanner
This seems to have gratified the children, who soon after had convulsions in the presence of another victim, one Giles Corey.The Land We Live In|Henry Mann
One night when I was supping with her she was seized with convulsions which lasted all the night.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Besides, it cost me two ounces of peppermint to bring all those boys there out of their convulsions.Lord Montagu's Page|G. P. R. James
And how pleasant it was after the tempests and convulsions of art in these later days.Musicians of To-Day|Romain Rolland
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."
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.