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rigor mortis

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noun rig·or mor·tis \ˌri-gər-ˈmȯr-təs also chiefly British ˌrī-ˌgȯr-\

Simple Definition of rigor mortis

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rigor mortis

  1. :  temporary rigidity of muscles occurring after death

Origin of rigor mortis

New Latin, stiffness of death


First Known Use: 1847

Rhymes with rigor mortis


Medical Dictionary

rigor mortis

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noun rig·or mor·tis \ˌrig-ər-ˈmȯrt-əs also chiefly British ˌrī-ˌgȯ(ə)r-\

Medical Definition of rigor mortis

  1. :  temporary rigidity of muscles occurring after death





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