tetanus

noun tet·a·nus \ ˈte-tə-nəs , ˈtet-nəs \
|Updated on: 25 Jun 2018

Definition of tetanus

1 a : an acute infectious bacterial disease characterized by tonic spasm of voluntary muscles especially of the jaw and caused by an exotoxin of a clostridium (Clostridium tetani) which is usually introduced through a wound — compare lockjaw
b : the bacterium that causes tetanus
2 : prolonged contraction of a muscle resulting from rapidly repeated motor impulses

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Origin and Etymology of tetanus

Middle English, from Latin, from Greek tetanos, from tetanos stretched, rigid; akin to Greek teinein to stretch — more at thin

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TETANUS Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of tetanus for English Language Learners

  • medical : a dangerous disease that is caused by bacteria that usually enter the body through a cut or wound


TETANUS Defined for Kids

tetanus

noun tet·a·nus \ ˈte-tə-nəs , ˈtet-nəs \

Definition of tetanus for Students

: a serious disease that is marked by spasms of the muscles especially of the jaws and that is caused by poison from a bacterium that usually enters the body through a wound

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tetanus

noun tet·a·nus \ ˈtet-ᵊn-əs, ˈtet-nəs \

medical Definition of tetanus

1 a : an acute infectious disease characterized by tonic spasm of voluntary muscles and especially of the muscles of the jaw and caused by an exotoxin produced by a bacterium of the genus Clostridium (C. tetani) which is usually introduced through a wound — compare lockjaw
2 : prolonged contraction of a muscle resulting from a series of motor impulses following one another too rapidly to permit intervening relaxation of the muscle


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