- paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea,
- paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria,
- paroxysmal tachycardia,
- paroxysmal trepidant abasia,
Origin of paroxysm
Examples from the Web for paroxysm
He burst into a paroxysm of self-applausive mirth over his joke, in which a couple of satellites near at hand joined.Little Miss Grouch|Samuel Hopkins Adams
He started to his feet in a paroxysm of indignation, which revealed his character to Pedgift Junior in an entirely new light.Armadale|Wilkie Collins
But there is no means of learning when the paroxysm commenced.Brood of the Witch-Queen|Sax Rohmer
The unhappy man threw himself into a chair in a paroxysm of frenzied agony.
They secured him until the paroxysm had spent itself, when they conveyed him to a neighbouring shanty.The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1|John Charles Dent
- a sudden attack or recurrence of a disease
- any fit or convulsion
Word Origin for paroxysm
"sudden attack, convulsion," early 15c., from Middle French paroxysme (16c.), earlier paroxime (13c.), from Medieval Latin paroxysmus "irritation, fit of a disease," from Greek paroxysmos "irritation, exasperation," from paroxynein "to irritate, goad, provoke," from para- "beyond" (see para- (1)) + oxynein "sharpen, goad," from oxys "sharp, pointed" (see acrid). Non-medical sense first attested c.1600. Related: Paroxysmal.