Definition of blepharospasm in English:



  • [mass noun] Involuntary tight closure of the eyelids.

    • ‘A tic commonly affecting adults is a spasmodic closure of one or both eyes, known as blepharospasm.’
    • ‘Medically, it is used by to treat spasticity and blepharospasm.’
    • ‘Bulging of the cheeks, chewing movements, blinking, blepharospasm, grimacing, and arching of the eyebrows also occur.’
    • ‘The mix-up happened when the five were being treated at Bradford Royal Infirmary for an eye condition called blepharospasm, which causes involuntary muscle contractions that cause the eyelids to close.’
    • ‘Mrs Dunne was being treated for blepharospasm, a condition which causes twitching of the facial muscles.’


Late 19th century: from Greek blepharon eyelid + spasm.