Con*vul"sion (?), n. [L. convulsio: cf. F. convulsion.]

1. Med.

An unnatural, violent, and unvoluntary contraction of the muscular parts of an animal body.

2.

Any violent and irregular motion or agitation; a violent shaking; a tumult; a commotion.

Those two massy pillars, With horrible convulsion, to and fro He tugged, he shook, till down they came. Milton.

Times of violence and convulsion. Ames.

Syn. -- Agitation; commotion; tumult; disturbance.

 

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