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spastic

[spas-tik] /ˈspæs tɪk/
adjective
1.
Pathology. pertaining to, of the nature of, or characterized by spasm, especially tonic spasm.
2.
Slang: Offensive. awkward or clumsy.
noun
3.
Pathology. a person exhibiting spasms.
4.
Slang: Offensive. an awkward or clumsy person.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; < Latin spasticus afflicted with spasms < Greek spastikós of a spasm, equivalent to spas-, stem of spân to pull off, pluck, convulse + -tikos -tic
Related forms
spastically, adverb
spasticity
[spa-stis-i-tee] /spæˈstɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
Usage note
The slang use of spastic (or spaz) to mean “clumsy” is perceived as insulting to people who are affected with muscular spasms.
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British Dictionary definitions for spastically

spastic

/ˈspæstɪk; spæsˈtɪsɪtɪ/
noun
1.
an old-fashioned and now offensive name for a person who has cerebral palsy
2.
(taboo, slang) a clumsy, incapable, or incompetent person
adjective
3.
affected by or resembling spasms
4.
(taboo, slang) clumsy, incapable or incompetent
Derived Forms
spastically, adverb
spasticity, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Latin spasticus, from Greek spastikos, from spasmosspasm
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Word Origin and History for spastically

spastic

adj.

1753, from Latin spasticus, from Greek spastikos "afflicted with spasms," literally "drawing, pulling," from span "draw up" (see spasm). The noun meaning "a person affected with spastic paralysis" is attested from 1896.

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spastically in Medicine

spastic spas·tic (spās'tĭk)
adj.

  1. Relating to or affected by spasm.

  2. Relating to spastic paralysis.

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