from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See lockjaw.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The inability to normally open the mouth, such as a result of disease.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The lockjaw.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tonic spasm of the muscles of mastication, causing closure of the lower jaw, occurring as a manifestation of tetanus, either alone or in conjunction with other tonic muscular spasms; lockjaw.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. prolonged spasm of the jaw muscles
New Latin, from Greek trismos, a grinding, variant of trigmos, a scream.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin, from Greek τρισμός ("a grinding, rasping, scream"). (Wiktionary)