Pathology. a sudden, abnormal, involuntary muscular contraction, consisting of a continued muscular contraction (tonic spasm ) or of a series of alternating muscular contractions and relaxations (clonic spasm ).
any sudden, brief spell of great energy, activity, feeling, etc.
to undergo a spasm or spasms: Her eyesight had changed, and tests showed the muscles that allow the eye to focus were spasming.
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How to use spasm in a sentence
In Week 15, with the Lions out of playoff contention, Stafford played through torn cartilage in his rib cage that gave him body spasms.Does Matthew Stafford make sense for Washington? Here’s how the QB would fit. | Sam Fortier | January 26, 2021 | Washington Post
Hauser also scored 21 points, connecting on 7 of 13 three-pointers, and added seven rebounds despite being bothered by back spasms before the game.Virginia stays perfect in the ACC with an easy win against Syracuse | Gene Wang | January 26, 2021 | Washington Post
Meanwhile, multiple sclerosis patients have access to THC-based treatments in more than 30 countries to ease muscle spasms, expand mobility, decrease pain, improve sleep, and, overall, provide better quality of life.Four plants that are scientifically proven to be therapeutic | Sandra Gutierrez G. | January 25, 2021 | Popular-Science
Gun sales surged, especially among first-time buyers, this year during the coronavirus outbreak and then spasms of racial unrest.
Beyond cosmetic applications, Botox is a treatment for more than 20 medical conditions, including eye spasm, Bell’s palsy, headache, excessive sweating and urinary incontinence.
The only joy is the momentary spasm of sexual gratification; the only happiness that of (temporarily) allayed jealousy.
A spasm of computer trouble yesterday delayed finishing some thoughts on Mitt Romney's USA Today op-ed about social safety nets.
Akin's view may be outrageous, but its outrageousness is not one man's mental spasm.Akin's Abortion View: More Widespread in GOP Than You Think | David Frum | August 20, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
For three straight days, a spasm of violence has gripped Cairo, leaving 13 people dead and scores wounded.
Essentially, this is no more than a spasm of mindless and brutal high summer destruction.
Here the Dimbula shot down a hollow, lying almost on her side—righting at the bottom with a wrench and a spasm.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II | Rudyard Kipling
It might be a spasm of pain, and his somewhat pale face became paler; but he did not speak.The Everlasting Arms | Joseph Hocking
What he dreaded was the spasm of dying—the convulsion that was to snap the thousand silver strings in the harp of life.Julian Home | Dean Frederic W. Farrar
Richard thought to see him fell the Greek to the stones; but his uplifted arm lowered, the spasm of madness passed.God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
But what a contrast to this spasm of local statesmanship the earlier years of that drink-sodden century display!English Poor Law Policy | Sidney Webb
British Dictionary definitions for spasm
an involuntary muscular contraction, esp one resulting in cramp or convulsion
a sudden burst of activity, emotion, etc
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