Spasm Spasm, n. [F. spasme, L. spasmus, Gr. ?, from ?, ?, to draw, to cause convulsion. Cf. {Span}, v. t.] 1. (Med.) An involuntary and unnatural contraction of one or more muscles or muscular fibers. [1913 Webster]

Note: Spasm are usually either clonic or tonic. In clonic spasm, the muscles or muscular fibers contract and relax alternately in very quick succession. In tonic spasm, the contraction is steady and uniform, and continues for a comparatively long time, as in tetanus. [1913 Webster]

2. A sudden, violent, and temporary effort or emotion; as, a spasm of repentance. [1913 Webster]

{Cynic spasm} (Med.) See under {Cynic}.

{Spasm of the chest}. See {Angina pectoris}, under {Angina}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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