laryngospasm

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laryngospasm

[lə′riŋ·gə‚spaz·əm]
(medicine)
Sudden and uncontrollable closure of the larynx; often seen in anaphylactic reactions.
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After Mrs Yardley had been moved from the operating table to the bed, ready to be moved to the recovery area, she experienced a laryngeal spasm.
Laryngeal spasm is a sudden constriction of the muscles that bring the vocal cords together.
People cough, gag, and may have laryngeal spasm (choking, can't talk or breathe) as they frantically scramble to find clear air.