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1. A pain, usually sudden and intermittent, of almost any area of the body, esp. abdominal and pelvic viscera.
SEE: dysmenorrhea
2. A painful, involuntary skeletal muscle contraction.
SEE: systremma

Therapy depends on the cause and location of the cramp. In muscular cramps, the muscle is extended and compressed, and heat and massage are applied.

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