spasm noun

ADJ. sudden | muscle, muscular

VERB + SPASM feel He felt a spasm of panic sweeping over him. | go into The muscle goes into spasm, producing the symptom of cramp.

SPASM + VERB pass, subside

PREP. in ~ She could not speak; her throat was in spasm. | ~ of He kicked the chair in a spasm of impatience.

PHRASES a spasm of coughing/pain