Definitions

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

  • n. The habitual, involuntary grinding or clenching of the teeth, usually during sleep, as from anger, tension, fear, or frustration.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The habit or practice of grinding of the teeth, as while sleeping, or due to stress or certain drugs.

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

  • n. involuntarily or unconsciously clenching or grinding the teeth, typically during sleep

Etymologies

From New Latin brūxis, a gnashing, from Greek brūkein, to gnash.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Derived from Ancient Greek βρυγμός (brygmós, "grinding [teeth]") +‎ -ism. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • While most people clench or grind their teeth (a condition known as bruxism) from time to time, about 10% suffer from TMJ problems -- and those can set in suddenly.

    The Daily Grind: When Stress Sets Your Teeth on Edge

  • Grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaws during sleep, otherwise known as bruxism, is a common condition for adults who want to release tension.

    Article Ace

  • Skip to next paragraph Enlarge This Image Victoria Roberts A. Grinding the teeth while asleep is just one kind of bruxism, a disorder that also includes daytime Scientists have claimed that the transmission of abnormal proteins that form

    WN.com - Business News

  • Clenching and grinding, also called "bruxism," puts hundreds of pounds of pressure on tooth surfaces.

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  • They described the teeth-grinding as "bruxism" and I thought that they could probably figure out if I need some kind of treatment for that, if nothing else.

    Silicon Valley Moms Blog

  • Most people who have listened to soothing music, used aromatherapy or taken a long relaxing bath before going to bed, have shown significant improvement in the bruxism condition.

    Spark plugs and transmissions

  • He's extracted the dentition for detailed views of Meresamun's jaws and teeth, which were severely ground down by the grit in Egyptian bread, and compared them with those from modern patients who grind their teeth, a condition known as bruxism.

    Getting By On Her Looks

  • Parasomni - means sleep walking, sudden spasms, bruxism and sleep paralysis.

    Do you have trouble to sleep?

  • Other causes of tooth abrasion, such as teeth grinding (bruxism), were addressed in his study.

    Suzette Standring: Too Much Toothpaste Damages Teeth

  • There are those who question whether the current bruxism craze isn't simply the '90s version of the TMJ diagnosis that peaked in the' 70s -- a catchall disorder that once kept dentists busy.

    I Hear America Grinding

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  • JM grits his teeth and dreams of the high points of bruxism

    January 9, 2010

  • Teeth grinding--unpleasant definition, but the word itself
    has a great sound.

    February 14, 2007