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irrationally nervous person; hyperactive


The origin of the word “Spaz” is a shortened version of “Spastic.” Spastic refers to an alteration in muscle tone affected by the medical condition spasticity, which is seen in spastic diplegia and many other forms of cerebral palsy.


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Alt Words

  • hyper
  • anxious
  • jumpy
  • unable to focus

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