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From New Latin spasmōdicus, from Ancient Greek σπασμώδης (spasmṓdēs, spasmodic), from σπασμός (spasmós, spasm).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /spæzˈmɒd.ɪk/
  • (US) IPA(key): /spæzˈmɑ.dɪk/
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spasmodic (comparative more spasmodic, superlative most spasmodic)

  1. Of or relating to a spasm; resembling a sudden contraction of the muscles.
  2. Convulsive; consisting of spasms.
    spasmodic asthma
    • 1734, T[homas] K[night], A Critical Dissertation upon the Manner of the Preparation of Mercurial Medicines, and Their Operation on Human Bodies; particularly Those Most in Fashion: [], London: Printed for Harmen Noorthouck [], OCLC 14332927, page 52:
      [] Dr. Francis Fuller, [] upon wearing a Quick-ſilver Girdle, for the Cure of the Itch, (and that after an inconſiderate and raſh manner) was brought under a violent Spaſmodick Diſtemper, which was ſupposed by himſelf and others to be owing to ſome Mercurial Particles lodg'd in ſome excretory Ducts of the Brain.
  3. Intermittent or fitful; occurring in abrupt bursts.
    Synonyms: patchy, stop-start; see also Thesaurus:discontinuous
    spasmodic zeal or industry
    • 1900, Willa Cather, "Eric Hermannson's Soul," Cosmopolitan (April):
      The chin was heavy, the nostrils were low and wide, and the lower lip hung loosely except in his moments of spasmodic earnestness, when it shut like a steel trap.
  4. Erratic or unsustained.
  5. Of or relating to the spasmodic poets, a group of British Victorian poets who wrote introspective drama in verse.

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spasmodic (plural spasmodics)

  1. A medicine for suppressing spasms.
    Synonym: antispasmodic



From French spasmodique.


spasmodic m or n (feminine singular spasmodică, masculine plural spasmodici, feminine and neuter plural spasmodice)

  1. spasmodic