bruxism

noun
brux·​ism | \ˈbrək-ˌsi-zəm \

Definition of bruxism 

: the habit of unconsciously gritting or grinding the teeth especially in situations of stress or during sleep

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Teeth grinding – which is also known as bruxism – is very common in children, especially among toddlers and preschoolers. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "Is your child's teeth grinding normal?," 30 June 2018 Sleep bruxism, on the other hand, can be harder to quell. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Causes of Jaw Pain That You Need to Know," 13 Jan. 2018 Doctors aren’t totally sure what causes bruxism, but stress is a major risk factor, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Causes of Jaw Pain That You Need to Know," 13 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of bruxism

1932, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bruxism

irregular from Greek brychein to gnash the teeth + English -ism

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bruxism

noun
brux·​ism | \ˈbrək-ˌsiz-əm \

Medical Definition of bruxism 

: the habit of unconsciously gritting or grinding the teeth especially in situations of stress or during sleep

Other Words from bruxism

brux \ˈbrəks \ intransitive verb
bruxer noun

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