Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A twitching, jerky, or convulsive movement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) A starting, twitching, or convulsive motion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun medicine A starting, twitching, or convulsive motion.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

New Latin. See subsultory.

Examples

  • Should the disease take an unfavorable turn, the pulse grows more feeble and frequent, the tongue dryer and more cracked, the skin cold and mottled; while hiccup, subsultus, dyspnoea or coma comes on and death closes the scene by claiming its victim.

    An Epitome of Practical Surgery, for Field and Hospital.

  • The symptoms which distinguish Irritative fever are a dry and red tongue; a sharp, small, but frequent pulse; subsultus; restlessness and delirium, which soon give place to signs of debility, with coma and cerebral irritation, sudden exacerbations, unequal and irregular remissions; rapid and important changes are also frequent concomitants of this form of disease.

    An Epitome of Practical Surgery, for Field and Hospital.

  • "Ihtilájnámeh" = Book of palpitations, prognosticating from the subsultus tendinum and other involuntary movements of the body from head to foot; according to Ja'afar the Just, Daniel the Prophet, Alexander the Great; the Sages of Persia and the

    Arabian nights. English

  • There was no _subsultus tendinum_ or any visible alteration in its breathing.

    Wanderings in South America

  • Similar to this in a less degree is the subsultus tendinum, or starting of the tendons, in fevers with debility; these actions of the muscles are too weak to move the limb, but the belly of the acting muscles is seen to swell, and the tendon to be stretched.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • _subsultus_ -- that involuntary twitching and cramp in the muscles of the limbs and abdomen which often characterizes this form of the opium malady, by degrees gets lulled as under a charm, and it may not even be necessary to repeat the dose in two and a half hours to remove it so entirely that the patient gets ten or fifteen minutes of refreshing sleep.

    The Opium Habit

  • “Ihtilájnámeh” = Book of palpitations, prognosticating from the subsultus tendinum and other involuntary movements of the body from head to foot; according to Ja’afar the Just, Daniel the Prophet, Alexander the Great; the Sages of Persia and the Wise

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Be so good as to give a cut just there, right across the umbilical region -- there lurks the fellow that for so many years tormented me on my first waking! or -- a stab there, I beseech you, it was the seat and source of that dreaded subsultus which so often threw my Book out of my hand, or drove my pen in a blur over the paper on which I was writing! ...

    Letter to William Sotheby

  • _subsultus tendinum_, now became gradually weaker and weaker; his hinder parts were fixed in death, and in a minute or two more his head and fore-legs ceased to stir.

    Wanderings in South America

Comments

New comments are temporarily disabled while we update our database.

  • Convulsive movement. (from Phrontistery)

    May 23, 2008