from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A chronic pathological condition in which the muscles are affected by persistent spasms and exaggerated tendon reflexes because of damage to motor nerves of the central nervous system.
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- n. a loss or deficiency of motor control with involuntary spasms caused by permanent brain damage present at birth
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With the advent of a disagreement which could not be settled her way by her usual symptoms, there followed, not by any means through her volition or conscious purpose, more severe symptoms; namely, spastic paralysis and aphonia, which, in a general way, were suggested by her patient.