One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Involuntary tight closure of the eyelids.
- ‘Mrs Dunne was being treated for blepharospasm, a condition which causes twitching of the facial muscles.’
- ‘A tic commonly affecting adults is a spasmodic closure of one or both eyes, known as blepharospasm.’
- ‘Bulging of the cheeks, chewing movements, blinking, blepharospasm, grimacing, and arching of the eyebrows also occur.’
- ‘Medically, it is used by to treat spasticity and blepharospasm.’
- ‘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.’
Late 19th century: from Greek blepharon ‘eyelid’ + spasm.
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