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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.”