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rigor mortis

noun rig·or mor·tis \ˌri-gər-ˈmr-təs also chiefly British ˌrī-ˌgr-\

: a temporary stiffness of the body that happens soon after death

Full Definition of RIGOR MORTIS

:  temporary rigidity of muscles occurring after death

Origin of RIGOR MORTIS

New Latin, stiffness of death
First Known Use: 1847

Rhymes with RIGOR MORTIS

rigor mortis

noun rig·or mor·tis \ˌrig-ər-ˈmrt-əs also chiefly British ˌrī-ˌg(ə)r-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of RIGOR MORTIS

:  temporary rigidity of muscles occurring after death

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