from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See tetanus.
- n. An early sign of tetanus, in which the jaw is locked closed because of a tonic spasm of the muscles of mastication. Also called trismus.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A spasmodic, nervous system disease brought on by the tetanus bacteria. It causes muscles to seize up and may cause death by suffocation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A contraction of the muscles of the jaw by which its motion is suspended; a variety of tetanus; trismus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology, tetanus; trismus. See tetanus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an acute and serious infection of the central nervous system caused by bacterial infection of open wounds; spasms of the jaw and laryngeal muscles may occur during the late stages
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