[in-ter-mit-nt] /ˌɪn tərˈmɪt nt/
stopping or ceasing for a time; alternately ceasing and beginning again:
an intermittent pain.
alternately functioning and not functioning or alternately functioning properly and improperly.
(of streams, lakes, or springs) recurrent; showing water only part of the time.
occurring occasionally or at regular or irregular intervals; periodic
c.1600, from Latin intermittentem (nominative intermittens), present participle of intermittere (see intermission). Related: Intermittently.
intermittent in·ter·mit·tent (ĭn’tər-mĭt’nt)
- Intermittent acute porphyria
intermittent acute porphyria n. Abbr. IAP Porphyria caused by overproduction of delta-aminolevulinic acid, with greatly increased urinary excretion of it and of porphobilinogen, due to a deficiency of porphobilinogen deaminase. It is characterized by intermittent acute attacks of hypertension, abdominal colic, psychosis, and neuropathy. Also called acute intermittent porphyria.
- Intermittent claudication
noun 1. (pathol) pain and cramp in the calf muscles, aggravated by walking and caused by an insufficient supply of blood intermittent claudication n. A condition caused by ischemia of the leg muscles due to sclerosis and narrowing of the arteries, characterized by attacks of lameness and pain and brought on by walking. Also called […]
noun, Electricity. 1. a direct current that is interrupted at intervals.
- Intermittent explosive disorder
intermittent explosive disorder n. A disorder of impulse control characterized by several episodes in which aggressive impulses are released and expressed in serious assault or destruction of property although no such impulsiveness or aggressiveness is shown between episodes.