A sudden, involuntary contraction of a muscle, a group of muscles, or a hollow organ. (noun)
A violent, excruciating seizure of pain. (noun)
A sudden and temporary burst of energy, activity, or emotion. (noun)
To produce and undergo a spasm. (verb)
Examples of word spasm
Muscles in spasm, cut off from ligaments and blood straining with effort to keep the heart working.
Last night, however, my back in spasm from too much sitting, my wrists tingling and aching from too much typing, my husband (legitimately) annoyed because I was in a foul mood, my older son nearly in tears because his homework was to look through our trash and act like an archeologist but there is no good trash!,
If Ms Spence had been black that would surely have left the home office twitching in spasm. on September 19, 2007 at 8: 04 am | Reply dickiebo
"When the patient came into the clinic the next day," recalls physical therapist Brian Hagen, facility director at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for Sports Medicine, "he was in very significant pain from acute lower back muscle spasm, which is the body's way of 'splinting' itself to prevent further damage."
The affected limbs exhibit muscular rigidity or spasm, which is aggravated on movement but disappears under an anÃ¦sthetic; the reflexes are exaggerated, and sometimes there are perverted involuntary movements (_athetosis_).