- a sudden, involuntary, spasmodic contraction of a muscle or group of muscles, especially of the extremities, sometimes with severe pain.
- a piercing pain in the abdomen.
- an intermittent, painful contraction of structures of a wall containing involuntary muscle, as in biliary colic or in the uterine contractions of menstruation or of labor.
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OTHER WORDS FROM crampcramp·ing·ly, adverb
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The residents of Çatalhöyük appear to have copied the cramped passages of natural caves.An Ancient Site with Human Skulls on Display - Issue 89: The Dark Side|Jo Marchant|September 2, 2020|Nautilus
Instead, a rival theory blaming cramps on “altered neuromuscular control” first proposed in the 1990s by Martin Schwellnus, a sports physician at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, has been gaining support.
Schwellnus himself warned that muscle cramps are a complex phenomenon with many different contributing factors, so we shouldn’t expect a simple solution.
What we’re left with is a search for factors we can control that might influence cramp risk.
This punctures the idea that cramps are a punishment for bad pacing.
Cast: Tyler Christopher, Isabella Cramp, Jami Gertz, Tim Jo, Toks Olagundoye, Simon Templeman, Lenny Venito.
If Prince Harry is back on again with Chelsy Davy, he's not letting it cramp his style.
Madame Ratignolle begged Robert to accompany her to the house; she complained of cramp in her limbs and stiffness of the joints.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
Jack nodded with a strange, twisted little smile, as if he were suffering from cramp in the legs.With Edged Tools|Henry Seton Merriman
“Ah, my dear, you careless young people make jokes of things that would fret us old ones to fiddle-strings,” reproved Mrs. Cramp.Johnny Ludlow, Fourth Series|Mrs. Henry Wood
The darkness and chill began to tell upon me, and an agonising cramp contracted my legs.
When the cramp left me, I cast myself off again, and dropped below the ledge.