Spas"mod"ic (?), a. [Gr. ; a convulsion + likeness: cf. F. spasmotique.]

1. Med.

Of or pertaining to spasm; consisting in spasm; occuring in, or characterized by, spasms; as, a spasmodic asthma.


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.


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Spas*mod"ic, n. Med.

A medicine for spasm.

<-- = antispasmodic -->


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