- * * *1. A sharp spasm or convulsion. 2. A sudden onset of a symptom or disease, especially one with recurrent manifestations such as the chills and rigor of malaria. [G. paroxysmos, fr. paroxyno, to sharpen, irritate, fr. oxys, sharp]
* * *par·ox·ysm 'par-ək-.siz-əmalso pə-'räk- n1) a sudden attack or spasm (as of a disease)2) a sudden recurrence of symptoms or an intensification of existing symptoms <pain occurred in frequent \paroxysms (Therapeutic Notes)>
* * *n.1. a sudden violent attack, especially a spasm or convulsion.2. the abrupt worsening of symptoms or recurrence of disease.• paroxysmal adj.
* * *par·ox·ysm (parґok-siz-əm) [Gr. paroxysmos] 1. a sudden recurrence or intensification of symptoms. 2. a spasm or seizure.
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