Definition of Spasmodic

1. Adjective. Affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions; resembling a spasm. "Spastic movements"

Exact synonyms: Convulsive, Spastic
Similar to: Unsteady
Derivative terms: Convulse, Convulse, Spasticity



2. Adjective. Occurring in spells and often abruptly. "Spasmodic rifle fire"
Exact synonyms: Fitful
Similar to: Sporadic
Derivative terms: Fitfulness

Definition of Spasmodic

1. a. Of or pertaining to spasm; consisting in spasm; occuring in, or characterized by, spasms; as, a spasmodic asthma.

2. n. A medicine for spasm.

Definition of Spasmodic

1. Adjective. Of or relating to a spasm; resembling a sudden contraction of the muscles. ¹

2. Adjective. Convulsive; consisting of spasms. ¹

3. Adjective. Intermittent or fitful; occurring in abrupt bursts. ¹

4. Adjective. Erratic or unsustained. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Spasmodic

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Spasmodic

1. Of the nature of a spasm. Origin: Gr. Spasmodes This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Spasmodic

spas
spaser
spasers
spasm
spasm band
spasm bands
spasm of accommodation
spasmatic
spasmatical
spasmed
spasmic
spasmin
spasming
spasmo-
spasmocanulase
spasmodic (current term)
spasmodic asthma
spasmodic dysmenorrhoea
spasmodic dysphonia
spasmodic laryngitis
spasmodic stricture
spasmodic tic
spasmodic torticollis
spasmodical
spasmodically
spasmogen
spasmogenic
spasmogenically
spasmogens
spasmoid

Literary usage of Spasmodic

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. International Clinics: A Quarterly of Clinical Lectures by Henry W. Cattell, M. D. Witherspoon (1895)
"spasmodic or false croup is variously known as cerebral croup, suffocative laryngismus, laryngismus stridulus, and spasmodic laryngitis ; names which show ..."

2. A Treatise on the Venereal Disease by John Hunter, Ph. Ricord, Freeman Josiah Bumstead (1859)
"OP STRICTURE ATTENDED WITH spasmodic AFFECTION. As this is a mixed case, it has all the characters both of the permanent and spasmodic stricture; ..."

3. The Pathology and Treatment of Venereal Diseases by Freeman Josiah Bumstead (1883)
"spasmodic STRICTURE.—The chief element of a spasmodic stricture is muscular spasm, with which is usually associated more or less congestion. ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1838)
"On Opium in Tetanus, and some other spasmodic Diseases. By GG Sio- MOND, MD—In tetanus, ... Opium, in true spasmodic colic, is a judicious remedy. ..."

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