Definitions

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  • n. An uncontrolled, spasmodic closure of the larynx

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, spasm of the constrictors of the glottis.
  • n. Same as laryngismus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a closure of the larynx that blocks the passage of air to the lungs

Etymologies

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laryngo- +‎ spasm

Examples

  • From what we learned from his first hospitalization, he had significant what they call laryngospasm, a big word.

    CNN Transcript Feb 24, 2005

  • “That irritation can cause you to cough, can cause you to laryngospasm, which is your voice box spasming and closing,” Shikowitz said.

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  • In about 10 percent of people, the muscles around the larynx contract violently when touched by water, a condition called laryngospasm, or “dry drowning,” that leads to suffocation.

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  • "That irritation can cause you to cough, can cause you to laryngospasm, which is your voice box spasming and closing," Shikowitz said.

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  • Moreover, these cases are brought on specificially by the stimulus of asphyxiation: no asphyxiation, no laryngospasm.

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  • Moreover, even while recognizing that these techniques created serious medical risks (e.g. waterboarding creates risks of drowning, hypothermia, aspiration pneumonia, or laryngospasm; cramped confinement could result in thrombosis; and lengthy exposure to cold water could lead to death), the CIA Office of Medical Services (OMS) approved that these methods did not amount to torture if certain medical limitations were in place.

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  • Then when you can't breath-hold any longer and try to take a breath, because you get water in your mouth and nasal pharynx, you go into laryngospasm.

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  • Some people laryngospasm and, while running out of air and dying, don't actual take water into their lungs, or at least not until after death.

    Dry Drowning

  • There it is ... cause of death: asphyxia due to laryngospasm due to epilepsy.

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  • That was actually something known as laryngospasm.

    CNN Transcript Feb 24, 2005

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