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paroxysm

 [par´ok-sizm]
1. a sudden recurrence or intensification of symptoms.
2. a spasm or seizure. adj., adj paroxys´mal.

par·ox·ysm

(par'ok-sizm),
1. A sharp spasm or convulsion.
2. A sudden onset of a symptom or disease, especially one with recurrent manifestations such as the chills and rigor of malaria.
[G. paroxysmos, fr. paroxynō, to sharpen, irritate, fr. oxys, sharp]

paroxysm

/par·ox·ysm/ (par´ok-sizm)
1. a sudden recurrence or intensification of symptoms.
2. a spasm or seizure.paroxys´mal

paroxysm

(păr′ək-sĭz′əm)
n.
1. A sudden outburst of emotion or action: a paroxysm of laughter.
2.
a. A sudden attack, recurrence, or intensification of a disease.
b. A spasm or fit; a convulsion.

par′ox·ys′mal (-ək-sĭz′məl) adj.
par′ox·ys′mal·ly adv.

paroxysm

[per′əksiz′əm]
Etymology: Gk, paroxynein, to stimulate
1 a marked, usually episodic increase in symptoms.
2 a convulsion, fit, seizure, or spasm. paroxysmal, adj.

paroxysm

Medtalk A spasm or convulsion; a constellation of findings that signal a manifestation of disease, as in fever and shaking chills with malaria

par·ox·ysm

(par'ok-sizm)
1. A sharp spasm or convulsion.
2. A sudden onset of a symptom or disease, especially one with recurrent manifestations such as the chills and rigor of malaria.
[G. paroxysmos, fr. paroxynō, to sharpen, irritate, fr. oxys, sharp]

paroxysm

1. A sudden attack, such as a seizure, convulsion or spasm.
2. A sudden worsening of a disorder.

Paroxysm

A sudden attack of symptoms.
Mentioned in: Pheochromocytoma

paroxysm

spasm of severe pain, of sudden onset

par·ox·ysm

(par'ok-sizm)
1. Sharp spasm or convulsion.
2. Sudden onset of symptom or disease, especially one with recurrent manifestations.
[G. paroxysmos, fr. paroxynō, to sharpen, irritate, fr. oxys, sharp]

paroxysm (per´əksizəm),

n 1. an abrupt increase or repeated occurrence of symptoms.
n 2. a sudden violent attack, contraction of muscles, or convulsion.

paroxysm

1. a sudden recurrence or intensification of clinical signs.
2. a spasm or seizure.
References in classic literature ?
The attendant tells me that his screams whilst in the paroxysm were really appalling.
And after that another paroxysm of pain came on; and then his mind began to wander, and we feared his death was approaching: but an opiate was administered: his sufferings began to abate, he gradually became more composed, and at length sank into a kind of slumber.
She said nothing further till the paroxysm was over; then she continued, more kindly -
To my relief, the paroxysm left her as suddenly as it had come.
Wopsle's great-aunt fell into a state of coma; arising either from sleep or a rheumatic paroxysm.
When the paroxysm subsided she picked up the pieces, held them together as accurately as her trembling hands could, and read on.
And as to those mortal feuds which, in certain conjunctures, spread a conflagration through a whole nation, or through a very large proportion of it, proceeding either from weighty causes of discontent given by the government or from the contagion of some violent popular paroxysm, they do not fall within any ordinary rules of calculation.
Had the poor man be an apoplectic, he could never have recovered from his paroxysm of wrath.
What is more, even in the acutest paroxysm of this cowardly fever, I dreamed of getting the upper hand, of dominating them, carrying them away, making them like me--if only for my "elevation of thought and unmistakable wit.
and Milady twisted her arms as if in a paroxysm of grief.
A knowledge of its faded and jaded condition made the charge ap- pear like a paroxysm, a display of the strength that comes before a final feebleness.
The sight of one was sufficient, at any time, to throw them into a paroxysm of eagerness and delight; and they were ready to give anything they had for the smallest fragment in which they might behold their squalid features.