1 of, caused by, or subject to, a spasm or spasms (a spasmodic jerk; spasmodic asthma).
2 occurring or done by fits and starts (spasmodic efforts).
spasmodically adv.
Etymology: mod.L spasmodicus f. Gk spasmodes (as SPASM)

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