Having the power or property of contracting; able or causing to grow smaller.
ETYM Cf. French convulsif.
1. Affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions; resembling a spasm; SYN. spasmodic, spastic.
2. Resembling a convulsion in being sudden and violent.
ETYM From Fit.
1. Intermittently stopping and starting; SYN. interrupted, off-and-on.
2. Occurring in spells and often abruptly; SYN. spasmodic.
1. Moving by jerks and starts; characterized by abrupt transitions.
2. Acting in a rude, inappropriate way, in the manner of a jerk.
Accompanied by or of the nature of paroxysms.
ETYM Greek; spasmos a convulsion + eidos likeness: cf. French spasmotique.
1. Of or pertaining to spasm; consisting in spasm; occuring in, or characterized by, spasms.
2. Convulsive; intermittent; occurring in fits and starts.