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Pronunciation: kramp


  1. A painful muscle spasm caused by prolonged tetanic contraction.
  2. A localized muscle spasm related to occupational use, classified according to the occupation of the sufferer; seamstress's cramp, writer's cramp.

[M.E. crampe, fr. O.Fr., fr. Germanic]

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