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convulse

[kuh n-vuhls] /kənˈvʌls/
verb (used with object), convulsed, convulsing.
1.
to shake violently; agitate.
2.
to cause to shake violently with laughter, anger, pain, etc.
3.
to cause to suffer violent, spasmodic contractions of the muscles.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; < Latin convulsus past participle of convellere to shatter, tear loose, equivalent to con- con- + vul- (variant stem of vellere to pull, tear) + -sus, variant of -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
convulsedly, adverb
convulsible, adjective
convulsibility, noun
unconvulsed, adjective
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  • It landed on the sidewalk, bounced about three feet, crashed back down and convulsed for a couple seconds.
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  • Her whole frame was suddenly convulsed, and her dark eyes gleamed with weird, unearthly brilliancy.
  • Transit strikes have convulsed the city before, and they've been neither quick nor easy.
  • Seconds later, the convulsed explosion generated an ominous mushroom cloud made up of hot ash.
  • Whittaker did not seem to be afflicted until about a week ago, when his body would suddenly become convulsed.
British Dictionary definitions for convulsed

convulse

/kənˈvʌls/
verb
1.
(transitive) to shake or agitate violently
2.
(transitive) to cause (muscles) to undergo violent spasms or contractions
3.
(informal) (intransitive) often foll by with. to shake or be overcome (with violent emotion, esp laughter)
4.
(transitive) to disrupt the normal running of (a country, etc): student riots have convulsed India
Derived Forms
convulsive, adjective
convulsively, adverb
convulsiveness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin convulsus, from convellere to tear up, from vellere to pluck, pull
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Word Origin and History for convulsed

convulse

v.

1640s, transitive; 1680s, intransitive; from Latin convulsus, past participle of convellere (transitive only) "to pull away, to pull this way and that, wrench," hence "to weaken, overthrow, destroy" (see convulsion). Related: Convulsed (1630s); convulsing.

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convulsed in Medicine

convulse con·vulse (kən-vŭls')
v. con·vulsed, con·vuls·ing, con·vuls·es
To affect with irregular and involuntary muscular contractions; throw into convulsions.

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