muscle spasm

Definitions of muscle spasm
  1. noun
    a painful and involuntary muscular contraction
    synonyms: cramp, spasm
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    charley horse, charley-horse
    a muscular cramp (especially in the thigh or calf) following vigorous exercise
    graphospasm, writer's cramp
    muscular spasms of thumb and forefinger while writing with a pen or pencil
    blepharospasm
    spasm of the eyelid muscle resulting in closure of the eye
    crick, kink, rick, wrick
    a painful muscle spasm especially in the neck or back (`rick' and `wrick' are British)
    myoclonus
    a clonic spasm of a muscle or muscle group
    opisthotonos
    severe spasm in which the back arches and the head bends back and heels flex toward the back
    twitch, twitching, vellication
    a sudden muscle spasm; especially one caused by a nervous condition
    tenesmus
    painful spasm of the anal sphincter along with an urgent desire to defecate without the significant production of feces; associated with irritable bowel syndrome
    trismus
    prolonged spasm of the jaw muscles
    tic
    a local and habitual twitching especially in the face
    blepharism
    condition in which a person blinks continuously
    fibrillation
    muscular twitching involving individual muscle fibers acting without coordination
    fasciculation
    muscular twitching of contiguous groups of muscle fibers
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    symptom
    (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
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