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

  • n. A contracted state of the neck muscles that causes the neck to rotate and tilt sideways, forwards, or backwards. Also called wryneck.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A medical condition in which the neck muscles contract causing the neck to twist or jerk

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See wryneck.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In medicine, an affection in which the head is inclined toward one or the other shoulder while the neck is twisted so as to turn the chin in the opposite direction; stiff-neck; wry-neck.

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

  • n. an unnatural condition in which the head leans to one side because the neck muscles on that side are contracted


New Latin : Latin tortus, twisted, past participle of torquēre, to twist; + collum, neck.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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