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spasmodic

 [spaz-mod´ik]
of the nature of a spasm; occurring in spasms.

spas·mod·ic

(spaz-mod'ik),
Relating to or marked by spasm.
[G. spasmōdes, convulsive, fr. spasmos, + eidos, form]

spasmodic

/spas·mod·ic/ (spaz-mod´ik) of the nature of a spasm; occurring in spasms.

spasmodic

(spăz-mŏd′ĭk)
adj.
Relating to, affected by, or having the character of a spasm; convulsive.

spas·mod′i·cal·ly adv.

spasmodic

of the nature of a spasm; occurring in spasms.

spasmodic colic
see spasmodic colic.
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