lockjaw definition

  • noun:
    • See tetanus.
    • an earlier indication of tetanus, in which the jaw is secured shut as a result of a tonic spasm associated with the muscle tissue of mastication. Also known as trismus.
    • A spasmodic, nervous system illness attributable to the tetanus bacteria. It triggers muscles to seize up and could cause demise by suffocation.
    • A contraction associated with the muscle tissue of this jaw in which its movement is suspended; a number of tetanus; trismus.
    • In pathology, tetanus; trismus. See tetanus.
    • an acute and serious disease for the nervous system caused by bacterial infection of open injuries; spasms associated with the jaw and laryngeal muscles may possibly occur throughout the late phases

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