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Meaning of SPASMODIC

Pronunciation:  spaz'mâdik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  occurring in spells and often abruptly; "fitful bursts of energy"; "spasmodic rifle fire"
  2. [adj]  affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions; resembling a spasm; "convulsive motions"; "his body made a spasmodic jerk"; "spastic movements"

SPASMODIC is a 9 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: convulsive, fitful, spastic, sporadic, unsteady



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Spas"mod"ic\, a. [Gr. ?; ? a convulsion + ? likeness:
    cf. F. spasmotique.]
    1. (Med.) Of or pertaining to spasm; consisting in spasm;
       occuring in, or characterized by, spasms; as, a spasmodic
    2. Soon relaxed or exhausted; convulsive; intermittent; as,
       spasmodic zeal or industry.
    {Spasmodic croup} (Med.), an affection of childhood
       characterized by a stoppage of brathing developed suddenly
       and without fever, and produced by spasmodic contraction
       of the vocal cords. It is sometimes fatal. Called also
       {laryngismus stridulus}, and {childcrowing}.
    {Spasmodic stricture}, a stricture caused by muscular spasm
       without structural change. See {Organic stricture}, under
  2. \Spas*mod"ic\, n. (Med.)
    A medicine for spasm.