Saltatory spasm
Saltatory Sal"ta*to"ry, a. [L. saltatorius. See {Saltant}, and cf. {Saltire}.] Leaping or dancing; having the power of, or used in, leaping or dancing. [1913 Webster]

{Saltatory evolution} (Biol.), a theory of evolution which holds that the transmutation of species is not always gradual, but that there may come sudden and marked variations. See {Saltation}.

{Saltatory spasm} (Med.), an affection in which pressure of the foot on a floor causes the patient to spring into the air, so as to make repeated involuntary motions of hopping and jumping. --J. Ross. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • saltatory spasm — clonic spasm of the muscles of the lower limbs, producing a peculiar jumping or springing motion, seen in conditions such as Gilles de la Tourette syndrome, saltatory chorea, and the jumping diseases. Called also Bamberger disease, dancing spasm …   Medical dictionary

  • Saltatory — Sal ta*to ry, a. [L. saltatorius. See {Saltant}, and cf. {Saltire}.] Leaping or dancing; having the power of, or used in, leaping or dancing. [1913 Webster] {Saltatory evolution} (Biol.), a theory of evolution which holds that the transmutation… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Saltatory evolution — Saltatory Sal ta*to ry, a. [L. saltatorius. See {Saltant}, and cf. {Saltire}.] Leaping or dancing; having the power of, or used in, leaping or dancing. [1913 Webster] {Saltatory evolution} (Biol.), a theory of evolution which holds that the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • saltatory chorea — any chorea, such as Sydenham chorea, that involves involuntary jumping or dancing movements. See also saltatory spasm, under spasm …   Medical dictionary

  • Spasm — A brief, automatic jerking movement. A muscle spasm can be quite painful, with the muscle clenching tightly. A spasm of the coronary artery can cause angina. Spasms in various types of tissue may be caused by stress, medication, over exercise, or …   Medical dictionary

  • saltatory — Pertaining to, or characterized by, saltation. * * * sal·ta·to·ry sal tə .tōr ē, sȯl , .tȯr adj proceeding by leaps rather than by gradual transitions <saltatory conduction of impulses in myelinated nerve fibers> * * * sal·ta·to·ry… …   Medical dictionary

  • saltatory tic — see under spasm …   Medical dictionary

  • dancing spasm — saltatory s …   Medical dictionary

  • Disease — Illness or sickness often characterized by typical patient problems (symptoms) and physical findings (signs). Disruption sequence: The events that occur when a fetus that is developing normally is subjected to a destructive agent such as the… …   Medical dictionary

  • Bamberger disease — 1. saltatory spasm. 2. Concato d …   Medical dictionary

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