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Wordnet 3.0


1. affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions; resembling a spasm;
- Example: "convulsive motions"
- Example: "his body made a spasmodic jerk"
- Example: "spastic movements"
[syn: convulsive, spasmodic, spastic]

2. occurring in spells and often abruptly;
- Example: "fitful bursts of energy"
- Example: "spasmodic rifle fire"
[syn: fitful, spasmodic]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Spasmodic \Spas*mod"ic\, n. (Med.) A medicine for spasm. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Spasmodic \Spas"mod"ic\, a. [Gr. ?; ? a convulsion + ? likeness: cf. F. spasmotique.] 1. (Med.) Of or pertaining to spasm; consisting in spasm; occuring in, or characterized by, spasms; as, a spasmodic asthma. [1913 Webster] 2. Soon relaxed or exhausted; convulsive; intermittent; as, spasmodic zeal or industry. [1913 Webster] Spasmodic croup (Med.), an affection of childhood characterized by a stoppage of brathing developed suddenly and without fever, and produced by spasmodic contraction of the vocal cords. It is sometimes fatal. Called also laryngismus stridulus, and childcrowing. Spasmodic stricture, a stricture caused by muscular spasm without structural change. See Organic stricture, under Organic. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

spasmodic adj 1: affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions; resembling a spasm; "convulsive motions"; "his body made a spasmodic jerk"; "spastic movements" [syn: convulsive, spasmodic, spastic] 2: occurring in spells and often abruptly; "fitful bursts of energy"; "spasmodic rifle fire" [syn: fitful, spasmodic]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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