spasm of the chest
Angina An*gi"na, n. [L., fr. angere to strangle, to choke. See {Anger}, n.] (Med.) Any inflammatory affection of the throat or faces, as the quinsy, malignant sore throat, croup, etc., especially such as tends to produce suffocation, choking, or shortness of breath. [1913 Webster]

{Angina pectoris}, a peculiarly painful disease, so named from a sense of suffocating contraction or tightening of the lower part of the chest; -- called also {breast pang}, {spasm of the chest}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Spasm of the chest — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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