spasmodic+contraction+of+the+muscles

  • 1 spasmodic — adjective /spæzˈmɒd.ɪk,spæzˈmɑ.dɪk/ a) Of or relating to a spasm; resembling a sudden contraction of the muscles. b) Convulsive; consisting of spasms. See Also: spasm …

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  • 2 inspiratory spasm — spasmodic contraction of the muscles of inhalation …

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  • 3 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 …

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  • 4 torticollis — /tawr ti kol is/, n. Pathol. a condition in which the neck is twisted and the head inclined to one side, caused by spasmodic contraction of the muscles of the neck. Also called wryneck. [1805 15; < NL, equiv. to L tort(us) twisted (see TORT) + i… …

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  • 5 ankle jerk — noun : a reflex downward movement of the foot due to a spasmodic contraction of the muscles of the calf caused by sudden extension of the leg or by striking the Achilles tendon above the heel * * * a reflex extension of the foot, caused by… …

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  • 6 paraplegia — Paralysis of both lower extremities and, generally, the lower trunk. [para + plege, a stroke] ataxic p. progressive ataxia and paresis of the leg muscles due to sclerosis of the lateral and posterior funiculi of the …

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  • 7 sneeze — 1. To expel air from the nose and mouth by an involuntary spasmodic contraction of the muscles of expiration. 2. An act of sneezing; a reflex excited by an irritation of the mucous membrane of the nose or, sometimes, by a bright …

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  • 8 ankle jerk — n a reflex downward movement of the foot produced by a spasmodic contraction of the muscles of the calf in response to sudden extension of the leg or the striking of the Achilles tendon above the heel called also Achilles reflex …

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  • 9 carpopedal spasm — car·po·ped·al spasm .kär pə .ped əl , .pēd n a spasmodic contraction of the muscles of the hands and feet or esp. of the wrists and ankles in disorders such as alkalosis and tetany * * * see spasm * * * spasm of the hand or foot, or of the thumbs …

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  • 10 torticollis — tor•ti•col•lis [[t]ˌtɔr tɪˈkɒl ɪs[/t]] n. pat a condition in which the neck is twisted and the head inclined to one side, caused by spasmodic contraction of the muscles of the neck Also called wryneck • Etymology: 1805–15; < NL, = L tort(us)… …

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  • 11 torticollis — /tɔtəˈkɒləs/ (say tawtuh koluhs) noun a condition in which the neck is twisted and the head inclined to one side, by spasmodic contraction of the muscles of the neck. {New Latin: crooked neck. See tort, collar} …

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  • 12 carpopedal spasm — | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷|pedəl , ēd noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary carpopedal (from carp (II) + pedal) + spasm : a spasmodic contraction of the muscles of the hands and feet or especially of the wrists and ankles in disorders such as… …

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  • 13 tic — noun a habitual spasmodic contraction of the muscles, most often in the face. Origin C19: from Fr., from Ital. ticchio …

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  • 14 writer's cramp — n. painful, spasmodic contraction of the muscles of the hand or fingers, resulting from writing for too long a time …

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  • 15 tic — n. a habitual spasmodic contraction of the muscles esp. of the face. Phrases and idioms: tic douloureux trigeminal neuralgia. Etymology: F f. It. ticchio: douloureux F, = painful …

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  • 16 tetanus — n. [L.] (Med.) Spasm, spasmodic contraction of the muscles …

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  • 17 Torticollis — The most common of the focal dystonias, torticollis is a state of excessive of inadequate muscle tone in the muscles in the neck that control the position of the head. It can cause the head to twist and turn to one side, and the head may also be… …

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  • 18 bronchospasm — Contraction of smooth muscle in the walls of the bronchi and bronchioles, causing narrowing of the lumen. Cf.:bronchoconstriction. * * * bron·cho·spasm bräŋ kə .spaz əm n constriction of the air passages of the lung (as in asthma) by spasmodic… …

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  • 19 urination — The passing of urine. SYN: miction, micturition (1), uresis. stuttering u. the passage of urine in jets caused by intermittent spasmodic contraction of the bladder. * * * uri·na·tion …

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  • 20 glossospasm — Spasmodic contraction of the tongue. * * * glos·so·spasm (glosґo spaz″əm) [glosso + spasm] spasm of the tongue muscles …

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