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spasmodic

[ spaz-mod-ik ]
/ spæzˈmɒd ɪk /
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adjective
pertaining to or of the nature of a spasm; characterized by spasms.
resembling a spasm or spasms; sudden but brief; sporadic: spasmodic efforts at reform.
given to or characterized by bursts of excitement.
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Sometimes spas·mod·i·cal [spaz-mod-i-kuhl] /spæzˈmɒd ɪ kəl/ .

Origin of spasmodic

First recorded in 1675–85; from Medieval Latin spasmodicus, from Greek spasmṓd(ēs) “spasmodic” (derivative of spasmós spasm; see -ode1) + Latin -icus -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for spasmodic

spasmodic

rarely spasmodical

/ (spæzˈmɒdɪk) /

adjective
taking place in sudden brief spells
of or characterized by spasms

Derived forms of spasmodic

spasmodically, adverb

Word Origin for spasmodic

C17: New Latin, from Greek spasmos spasm
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Medical definitions for spasmodic

spasmodic
[ spăz-mŏdĭk ]

adj.
Relating to, affected by, or having the character of a spasm; convulsive.
Happening intermittently; fitful.
Given to sudden outbursts of energy or of feeling; excitable.

Other words from spasmodic

spas•modi•cal•ly adv.
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