tetanus

noun
tet·​a·​nus | \ ˈte-tə-nəs How to pronounce tetanus (audio) , ˈtet-nəs \

Definition of tetanus

1a : 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

Examples of tetanus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The report reveals that the trade also presents biosecurity risks, with unhygienic practices encouraging the spread of diseases such as anthrax, tetanus and equine flu. Jack Guy, CNN, "Donkey population decimated by Chinese medicine demand," 21 Nov. 2019 There was virtually no difference between doctors and laypersons in receiving post-cardiac care, or in vaccinations for diptheria/tetanus/pertussis and hepatitis. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Doctors aren’t much better at picking the best medical treatments than laypersons," 8 July 2019 The infirmary staff patched up my wounds and threw in a free tetanus shot. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, "Traveling with a service animal doesn’t have to be difficult. New book explains how.," 14 Nov. 2019 According to the Oregon Health Authority, 93% of Washington County children between the ages of 13 and 17 have received booster shots for whooping cough, also known as pertussis, which also guards against diphtheria and tetanus. oregonlive, "3 Tualatin High School students diagnosed with whooping cough," 1 Nov. 2019 Stingray injuries can usually be treated with warm water, antibiotics to prevent infections and possibly a tetanus shot, according to SeaGrant California. David Williams, CNN, "Record 176 people stung by stingrays at popular California beach in one day," 29 Oct. 2019 About three-quarters of the women surveyed said that during pregnancy their providers recommended the flu vaccine and the Tdap vaccine, which protects against whooping cough, tetanus, and diphtheria. BostonGlobe.com, "About three-quarters of the women surveyed said that during pregnancy their providers recommended the flu vaccine and the Tdap vaccine, which protects against whooping cough, tetanus, and diphtheria. But even among those women, about a third did not get vaccinated, the report said.," 9 Oct. 2019 For example, a tetanus shot for a vet seeking treatment for a wound caused by a rusted metal object. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 26 Aug. 2019 Two required vaccinations, for tetanus and meningitis, are administered at the same time as HPV, around age 12. NBC News, "HPV vaccine benefits 'exceed expectations,' may lead to elimination of cervical cancer," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of tetanus

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tetanus. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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tetanus

noun
How to pronounce tetanus (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of tetanus

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

tetanus

noun
tet·​a·​nus | \ ˈte-tə-nəs How to pronounce tetanus (audio) , ˈtet-nəs \

Kids Definition of tetanus

: 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

tetanus

noun
tet·​a·​nus | \ ˈtet-ᵊn-əs, ˈtet-nəs How to pronounce tetanus (audio) \

Medical Definition of tetanus

1a : 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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