HyperDic: spasm

English > 2 senses of the word spasm:
NOUNstatespasm, cramp, muscle spasma painful and involuntary muscular contraction
actspasm(pathology) sudden constriction of a hollow organ (as a blood vessel)
spasm > pronunciation
Soundsspae'zahm
Rhymesabolitionism ... zirconium: 557 rhymes with ahm...
English > spasm: 2 senses > noun 1, state
MeaningA painful and involuntary muscular contraction.
Synonymscramp, muscle spasm
Narrowerblepharospasmspasm of the eyelid muscle resulting in closure of the eye
charley horse, charley-horseA muscular cramp (especially in the thigh or calf) following vigorous exercise
crick, kink, rick, wrickA painful muscle spasm especially in the neck or back ('rick' and 'wrick' are British)
myoclonusA clonic spasm of a muscle or muscle group
opisthotonossevere spasm in which the back arches and the head bends back and heels flex toward the back
tenesmusPainful spasm of the anal sphincter along with an urgent desire to defecate without the significant production of feces
trismusprolonged spasm of the jaw muscles
twitch, twitching, vellicationA sudden muscle spasm
writer's cramp, graphospasmmuscular spasms of thumb and forefinger while writing with a pen or pencil
Broadersymptom(medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
Spanishcalambrazo, calambre, espasmo muscular, espasmo, punzada
Catalanespasme, rampa
Adjectivesspasticrelating to or characterized by spasm
English > spasm: 2 senses > noun 2, act
Meaning(pathology) sudden constriction of a hollow organ (as a blood vessel).
CategorypathologyThe branch of medical science that studies the causes and nature and effects of diseases
NarrowerbronchospasmA spasm of the bronchi that makes exhalation difficult and noisy
cardiospasmA spasm of the cardiac sphincter (between the esophagus and the stomach)
heave, retchAn involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting
laryngismuslaryngeal spasm caused by the sudden contraction of laryngeal muscles
BroaderconstrictionThe action or process of compressing

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