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paroxysm

  

      n  
1    an uncontrollable outburst  
a paroxysm of giggling     
2      (Pathol)  
a    a sudden attack or recurrence of a disease  
b    any fit or convulsion  
     (C17: via French from Medieval Latin paroxysmus annoyance, from Greek paroxusmos, from paroxunein to goad, from para-1 (intensifier) + oxunein to sharpen, from oxus sharp)  
  paroxysmal, paroxysmic      adj  
  paroxysmally      adv  
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