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Definitions of spasmodic:
  • adjective:   affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions; resembling a spasm
    Example: "His body made a spasmodic jerk"
  • adjective:   occurring in spells and often abruptly
    Example: "Spasmodic rifle fire"

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