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Meaning of spasmodic by Wiktionary Dictionary

spasmodic


    Etymology

    From New Latin spasmodicus < Ancient Greek σπασμώδης ( spasmōdēs, “spasmodic” ) < σπασμός ( spasmos, “spasm” ) .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /spæzˈmɒd.ɪk/, SAMPA: /sp{z"mQd.Ik/
    • ( US ) IPA: /spæzˈmɑ.dɪk/

    Adjective

    spasmodic ( comparative more spasmodic, superlative most spasmodic )

    1. Of or relating to a spasm; resembling a sudden contraction of the muscles .
    2. Convulsive; consisting of spasms .
    3. Intermittent or fitful; occurring in abrupt bursts .
    4. Erratic or unsustained .

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Explanation of spasmodic by Wordnet Dictionary

spasmodic


    Adjective
    1. occurring in spells and often abruptly

    2. spasmodic rifle fire
    3. affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions

    4. his body made a spasmodic jerk