from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Spasmodic winking caused by the involuntary contraction of an eyelid muscle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A physiological condition characterized by recurring involuntary twitches or closing of the eyelids.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Spasm of the orbicular muscle of the eyelid.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. spasm of the eyelid muscle resulting in closure of the eye


From Greek βλέφαρον ‘eyelid’ + spasm. (Wiktionary)


  • Ray Greek, M. D.Science AdviserNational Anti-Vivisection SocietyChicago, IllinoisCorrectionIn the "Popular Shots" graphic accompanying "A New Reason to Frown," we reversed meanings and should have said that an eyelid spasm is called blepharospasm, and lazy eye is strabismus.

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  • However, BOTOX (c) is a registered trademark for a prescription drug product used successfully around the world since 1991 to treat a rare and previously devastating condition known as blepharospasm, in which a sufferer's eyelids spasm to such an extent as to cause functional blindness.

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  • Simon, 40, was diagnosed with a form of dystonia called blepharospasm in 2005.


  • Botox is approved for treatment of conditions such as blepharospasm (spasm of the eyelids), cervical dystonia


  • Botox is approved for treatment of conditions such as blepharospasm (spasm of the eyelids), cervical dystonia (severe neck muscle spasms), and severe primary axillary hyperhydrosis (excess sweating).


  • In fact, its cause was a rare brain condition called blepharospasm.

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  • You talk very candidly about learning to live with benign essential blepharospasm, and how you learned to love your illness.

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  • But benign essential blepharospasm challenged me to look at the world differently.

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  • Shortly after I sold In Business magazine I was diagnosed with benign essential blepharospasm, a rare disorder that affects your nervous system and makes it practically impossible to keep your eyelids open.

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  • Suzanne experienced such a setback when she was diagnosed with benign essential blepharospasm, a rare, incurable neurological disorder.

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