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trismus

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noun tris·mus \ˈtriz-məs\

Definition of trismus

  1. 1 :  involuntary contraction of the muscles of mastication (as in tetanus or Parkinson's disease)

  2. 2 :  lockjaw



Origin and Etymology of trismus

New Latin, from Greek trismos gnashing (of teeth), from trizein to squeak, gnash; akin to Latin stridēre to creak — more at strident


First Known Use: circa 1693


Medical Dictionary

trismus

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noun tris·mus \ˈtriz-məs\

Medical Definition of trismus

  1. :  spasm of the muscles of mastication resulting from any of various abnormal conditions or diseases (as tetanus)




Learn More about trismus

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of trismus Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about trismus


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