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an occupational dystonia affecting chiefly the muscles of the thumb and two adjoining fingers of the writing hand, induced by excessive use of a pen or pencil.
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n. pl. writers' cramps
A cramp or spasm of the muscles of the fingers, hand, and forearm during writing.
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writer's crampConscious immobility Neurology A transient focal dystonia, often occupational neurosis of the hand and sometimes the forearm, characterized by a loss of skilled motor sequences–eg, handwriting, which may be a psychogenic conversion reaction
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writ·er's cramp(rītĕrz kramp)
Occupational dystonia affecting chiefly the muscles of the thumb and two adjoining fingers of the writing hand, induced by excessive use of a pen or pencil.
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writer's crampA psychological disorder causing spasm of the muscles involved in holding a pen or pencil so writing becomes impossible. Other activities using the same muscles are usually unaffected. The condition is probably due to a mistaken vocation. Writers using word processors may develop a REPETITIVE STRAIN INJURY.
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