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Topic: BIOLOGY

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Modern Latin
Origin: spasmodicus, from Greek spasmos; SPASM

spasmodic

adjective
     
spas‧mod‧ic
1 happening for short irregular periods, not continuously:
spasmodic machine gun fire
2 formal or medicalHB of or relating to a muscle spasm:
a spasmodic cough
spasmodically adverb
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