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 for spasm of the chest
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spasm \Spasm\, n. [F. spasme, L. spasmus, Gr. ?, from ?, ?, to
     draw, to cause convulsion. Cf. Span, v. t.]
     1. (Med.) An involuntary and unnatural contraction of one or
        more muscles or muscular fibers.
        [1913 Webster]
     Note: Spasm are usually either clonic or tonic. In clonic
           spasm, the muscles or muscular fibers contract and
           relax alternately in very quick succession. In tonic
           spasm, the contraction is steady and uniform, and
           continues for a comparatively long time, as in tetanus.
           [1913 Webster]
     2. A sudden, violent, and temporary effort or emotion; as, a
        spasm of repentance.
        [1913 Webster]
     Cynic spasm (Med.) See under Cynic.
     Spasm of the chest. See Angina pectoris, under Angina.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  angina \an*gi"na\ ([a^]n*j[imac]"n[.a] or [a^]n"j[i^]*n[.a]), n.
     [L., fr. angere to strangle, to choke. See anger, n.]
     1. (Med.) Any inflammatory affection of the throat, as the
        quinsy, malignant sore throat, croup, etc., especially
        such as tends to produce suffocation, choking, or
        shortness of breath. [Obs.]
        [1913 Webster + AS]
     2. (Med.) Any spasmodic severe suffocative pain.
     3. (Med.) Angina pectoris.
     Angina pectoris ([a^]n*j[imac]"n[.a] p[e^]k"t[-o]*r[i^]s),
        Chest pain caused by myocardial ischemia precipitated by
        exertion and relieved by rest. It is so called because the
        pain is accompanied by a sense of suffocating contraction
        or tightening of the lower part of the chest; -- called
        also breast pang, spasm of the chest.
        [1913 Webster + AS]

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