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{adj: cramped} constricted in size
"cramped quarters"
"trying to bring children up in cramped high-rise apartments"

{n: Conn's syndrome} disturbances in saltwater balance and symptoms of weakness and muscular cramps and twitching and convulsions and sometimes paralysis; usually caused by a benign tumor of the cortex of the adrenal gland that leads to excess secretion of aldosterone

{n: McArdle's disease} an inherited disease in which abnormal amounts of glycogen accumulate in skeletal muscle; results in weakness and cramping

{n: charley horse, charley-horse} a muscular cramp (especially in the thigh or calf) following vigorous exercise

{n: chicken scratch} cramped or illegible handwriting

{n: cramp, cramp iron} a strip of metal with ends bent at right angles; used to hold masonry together

{n: cramp} a clamp for holding pieces of wood together while they are glued

{n: diverticulitis} inflammation of a diverticulum in the digestive tract (especially the colon); characterized by painful abdominal cramping and fever and constipation

{n: epsilon toxin, Clostridium perfringens epsilon toxin} a bacterial toxin produced by clostridium perfringens; causes intense abdominal cramps and diarrhea that begins 8-22 hours after consumption of foods containing large numbers of these bacteria

{n: mefenamic acid, Ponstel} a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory and analgesic drug (trade name Ponstel) used to treat mild pain (especially menstrual cramps)

{n: shoebox} a structure resembling a shoebox (as a rectangular building or a cramped room or compartment)

{n: spasm, cramp, muscle spasm} a painful and involuntary muscular contraction

{n: tetany, tetanilla, intermittent tetanus, intermittent cramp, apyretic tetanus} clinical neurological syndrome characterized by muscular twitching and cramps and (when severe) seizures; associated with calcium deficiency (hypoparathyroidism) or vitamin D deficiency or alkalosis

{n: writer's cramp, graphospasm} muscular spasms of thumb and forefinger while writing with a pen or pencil

{v: cramp} secure with a cramp
"cramp the wood"

{v: hamper, halter, cramp, strangle} prevent the progress or free movement of
"He was hampered in his efforts by the bad weather"
"the imperilist nation wanted to strangle the free trade between the two small countries"


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