locked-jaw
Tetanus Tet"a*nus, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? stretched, ? to stretch.] 1. (Med.) A painful and usually fatal disease, resulting generally from a wound, and having as its principal symptom persistent spasm of the voluntary muscles. When the muscles of the lower jaw are affected, it is called {locked-jaw}, or {lickjaw}, and it takes various names from the various incurvations of the body resulting from the spasm. [1913 Webster]

2. (Physiol.) That condition of a muscle in which it is in a state of continued vibratory contraction, as when stimulated by a series of induction shocks. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:
, (of the jaw)


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  • Locked-jaw — n. See {Lockjaw}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • locked-jaw — n.; (also lock jaw) Trismus, tetanus (of the jaw) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • locked jaw — variant of lockjaw …   Useful english dictionary

  • jaw — noun 1 bone that contains teeth ADJECTIVE ▪ bottom, lower ▪ top, upper ▪ firm, strong ▪ clenched …   Collocations dictionary

  • lock-jaw — also lockjaw, 1786, earlier locked jaw (1765), popular name for trismus, also applied to tetanus, from LOCK (Cf. lock) (v.) + JAW (Cf. jaw) …   Etymology dictionary

  • lock-jaw — n. See locked jaw …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • trismus — n. [L.] (Med.) Locked jaw, lock jaw, tetanus (of the jaw) …   New dictionary of synonyms

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