spas·mod·ic /spæzˈmɑdɪk/ 形容詞
1. Med. Of or pertaining to spasm; consisting in spasm; occuring in, or characterized by, spasms; as, a spasmodic asthma.
2. Soon relaxed or exhausted; convulsive; intermittent; as, spasmodic zeal or industry.
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.
Spas·mod·ic, n. Med. A medicine for spasm.
adj 1: affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions;
resembling a spasm; "convulsive motions"; "his body
made a spasmodic jerk"; "spastic movements" [syn: convulsive,
2: occurring in spells and often abruptly; "fitful bursts of
energy"; "spasmodic rifle fire" [syn: fitful]