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[kuh n-vuhl-siv] /kənˈvʌl sɪv/
of the nature of or characterized by convulsions or spasms.
producing or accompanied by convulsion:
convulsive rage.
Origin of convulsive
1605-15; < Latin convulsīvus. See convulse, -ive
Related forms
convulsively, adverb
convulsiveness, noun
postconvulsive, adjective
unconvulsive, adjective
unconvulsively, adverb
unconvulsiveness, noun
1. spasmodic. Unabridged
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  • Dead so completely that not even a convulsive tremor passed through his body.

    Thompson's Cat Robert Moore Williams
  • It never occurred to her that she might be the cause of that convulsive outburst.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • But as he laughed he also sobbed, with a low, irrepressible, convulsive movement in his throat.

    Phineas Redux Anthony Trollope
  • "Yes," and as the girl replied a convulsive shudder racked her frame.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • convulsive struggles it might make, but they were only death-throes.

  • He had kept Rosa's hand in a convulsive grasp, and he drew her with him into the eye of the world.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • Then it ate it, very much as a man might eat an apple, without regard to the convulsive writhings of its victim.

    Planet of Dread Murray Leinster
  • Adams looked at her, and gesticulated shakily at the convulsive figure on the floor.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
Word Origin and History for convulsive

1610s, from French convulsif, from Medieval Latin *convulsivus, from convulsus, past participle of convellere (see convulse (v.)). Related: Convulsively.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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convulsive in Medicine

convulsive con·vul·sive (kən-vŭl'sĭv)

  1. Characterized by or having the nature of convulsions.

  2. Having or producing convulsions.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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