Lockjaw Lock"jaw`, n. (Med.) A contraction of the muscles of the jaw by which its motion is suspended; a variety of tetanus; trismus. [1913 Webster]

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  • Lockjaw — can refer to any of the following:* trismus, a pathological condition in which the mouth is held shut by sustained spasm of the masseter (jaw) muscle, often observed in cases of tetanus * tetanus, an infectious disease of the central nervous… …   Wikipedia

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  • lockjaw — ► NOUN ▪ spasm of the jaw muscles, causing the mouth to remain tightly closed, typically as a symptom of tetanus …   English terms dictionary

  • lockjaw — [läk′jô΄] n. [short for earlier locked jaw] TETANUS (sense 1) …   English World dictionary

  • lockjaw — noun Date: 1803 an early symptom of tetanus characterized by spasm of the jaw muscles and inability to open the jaws; also tetanus …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lockjaw — /lok jaw /, n. Pathol. tetanus in which the jaws become firmly locked together; trismus. [1795 1805; LOCK1 + JAW] * * * …   Universalium

  • lockjaw — noun A spasmodic, nervous system disease brought on by the tetanus bacteria. It causes muscles to seize up and may cause death by suffocation. Syn: trismus, tetanus …   Wiktionary

  • lockjaw — SYN: trismus. * * * lock·jaw läk .jȯ n an early symptom of tetanus characterized by spasm of the jaw muscles and inability to open the jaws also TETANUS (1a) * * * n. see tetanus * * * lock·jaw (lokґjaw) trismus …   Medical dictionary

  • lockjaw — Synonyms and related words: African lethargy, Asiatic cholera, Chagres fever, German measles, Haverhill fever, Jacksonian epilepsy, Rolandic epilepsy, abdominal epilepsy, access, acquired epilepsy, activated epilepsy, acute articular rheumatism,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • lockjaw — lock|jaw [ˈlɔkdʒo: US ˈla:kdʒo:] n [U] informal ↑tetanus …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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