paroxysm


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paroxysm

Pathol
a. a sudden attack or recurrence of a disease
b. any fit or convulsion

Paroxysm

 

a sudden exacerbation of a disease. Examples of symptoms that can accompany paroxysms are attacks of pain in angina pectoris, palpitation in paroxysmal tachycardia, coughing in whooping cough, fever in malaria, and hemolysis in paroxysmal hemoglobinuria. The term “paroxysm” is also used to refer to a sudden outburst of emotion, as in “paroxysm of anger” and “paroxysm of despair.”

paroxysm

[′par·ək‚siz·əm]
(medicine)
A sudden attack, or the periodic crisis in the progress of a disease.
A spasm, convulsion, or seizure.
A burst of electrical activity during electroencephalography in the form of spikes, or spikes and waves, which indicates cerebral dysrhythmia or epileptic discharges.
(psychology)
A sudden, uncontrollable emotional outburst.
References in classic literature ?
Then, in another paroxysm of shuddering horror, he tightened his grasp on my hand and arm, and, groaning and lamenting, still clung to me with that wild, desperate earnestness so harrowing to my soul, because I know I cannot help him.
Of course, the wretched sufferer's temper was not improved by this calamity - in fact, I suspect it was well nigh insupportable, though his kind nurse did not complain; but she said she had been obliged at last to give her son in charge to Esther Hargrave, as her presence was so constantly required in the sick-room that she could not possibly attend to him herself; and though the child had begged to be allowed to continue with her there, and to help her to nurse his papa, and though she had no doubt he would have been very good and quiet, she could not think of subjecting his young and tender feelings to the sight of so much suffering, or of allowing him to witness his father's impatience, or hear the dreadful language he was wont to use in his paroxysms of pain or irritation.
Then there was a change of scene; for no sooner had he caught sight of Raoul's face, than the old man sprang up and set off in the direction of the house, amidst interrupted growlings, which appeared to be paroxysms of wild delight.
You see he ought to have said that sooner; for the moment he expressed the wish his head was free; and cured of all his paroxysms of love, he hastened off to his room, where the pains consequent on the fright the Shoes had prepared for him, did not so soon take their leave.
PAROXYSM A Any Buddhist saying B Meaning the opposite C Sudden violent action who am I?
Smarter Balanced requires sixth-graders to understand the following words: paroxysm, clamorous, furlong, queer throw back trait, beaten curs, absconders of justice, surmise.
This had me rolling around in the gutter in a paroxysm of laughter that had any of my mates seen me they would have exclaimed "thank the Lord he has finally seen the light and started drinking again".
The horrible strife now raging in Europe is the effort of a military class to perpetuate itself, a dying paroxysm, let us hope, and from the ruins, we trust, nay, we expect, a form of government to rise where millions of honest, industrious, God-fearing men will no longer go forth to war, but will be privileged to toil and play at will, the prerogative of those who govern themselves.
Reeling from an unexpected shock and gripped by a paroxysm of fury, the March 14 forces went as far as calling for expelling the Syrians from Lebanon and incriminated having their names registered or numbered counted.
I put his latest paroxysm down to a momentary lapse of common sense after meeting a polar bear on his trip to Canada.
A paroxysm of grief swept all over the country as two-thirds of the 476 passengers aboard the ill-fated ship were high school students.
After the national paroxysm against 'unfair' treatment, Pakistan is now realising that there is a limit to how much it can go on playing the "frontline state" card and telling the world it cannot move an inch on Afghanistan unless Pakistan's spoiler's role is recognised and it is accordingly appeased, the editorial said.