Definition of convulsion noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kənˈvʌlʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈvʌlʃn//
    [usually plural] (rather formal)
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  1. 1a sudden shaking movement of the body that cannot be controlled synonym fit The child went into convulsions.
  2. 2a sudden important change that happens to a country or an organization synonym upheaval political convulsions threatening the stability of new democracies
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent. (originally in the sense ‘cramp, spasm’): from Latin convulsio(n-), from the verb convellere, from con- ‘together’ + vellere ‘to pull’.Extra examples The patient lost consciousness and went into convulsions. He felt a sudden convulsion of fear at the pit of his stomach. She started to have convulsions again. The drug can cause paranoia, memory loss and convulsions.
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