lockjaw

Definitions:

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  • An early sign of tetanus, in which there is difficulty opening the jaw because of a tonic spasm of the muscles of mastication.
  • In <em>pathology</em>, tetanus; trismus. See <internalXref urlencoded="tetanus">tetanus</internalXref>.
  • A contraction of the muscles of the jaw by which its motion is suspended; a variety of tetanus; trismus.
  • A spasmodic, nervous system disease brought on by the tetanus bacteria. It causes muscles to seize up and may cause death by suffocation.
  • 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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