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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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For instance, the media missed the irony that the WEF, of European origin, was here to discuss the economic agendas of the Asia-Pacific -- a region still recovering, spasmodically, from the rigours of globalisation, IMF and World Bank style.
Although the original does not exist, the text was sufficiently topical at various times in the next hundred years to have been spasmodically copied--and edited--whenever the political climate reminded people of the possible dangers of a foreign marriage.
Vale did break out spasmodically and Alan Lee was first to Simon Barker's cross to send a header wide of the target in the 70th minute.
Places vary in nature from library and study, to workshop and factory, to club and refectory (the most functionally determined rooms: archives, studios and so on, are in the basement which only spasmodically takes part in the volumetric flow).
The wrongs and the retaliations may well occur spasmodically throughout the year.
This phase is reported only spasmodically in the world press, although the Guardian newspaper, where Brittain is deputy foreign editor, strives to keep the issue alive in public consciousness.
After going through a range of different experiences, from contact improvisation and aikido to new dance, she has turned to a high-energy style with a markedly introspective character, which develops along slow sequences of spasmodically restrained movements.
All her books suffer from an addiction to detail, to an inability to maintain clean narrative lines, and while she spasmodically illuminates the subjects of her Early Modern biographies, she has yet to illuminate the age.
This is a realistic and restrained biography of the small farmer's son - well read if spasmodically educated - the poet, and the exciseman in search of promotion.
Two minutes after the drugs were administered, the muscles in Parks's jaw, neck, and abdomen began to react spasmodically for approximately forty-five seconds.
The general reader is expected to retain details of the events, staff structure, and individual officers referred to spasmodically throughout the text.
The form gradually disappeared among the poets, too, only to reappear spasmodically in the work of later writers as a conscious archaism.