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 For example, vaccines for human papillomavirus and tetanus induce stronger immunity than the diseases themselves. Daniel Funke, USA TODAY, 24 Dec. 2021 The tetanus vaccine, for example, requires a booster shot every 10 years. Arielle Mitropoulos, ABC News, 21 Dec. 2021 Some injections seem worse than others; tetanus boosters seem particularly bad, as did the shingles vaccine, both of which were worse, at least for me, than the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 19 Nov. 2021 And like the tetanus or Hepatitis B vaccines, some scientists suspect the immunity from a booster shot should last longer than the initial doses — perhaps even being permanent. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 12 Nov. 2021 Jason received six sutures for a laceration on his knee and a tetanus shot. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, 27 Nov. 2021 An intramuscular shot like the flu, COVID-19, or tetanus shot tends to cause more arm soreness than a subcutaneous vaccine, which just goes under you skin, like the measles-mumps-rubella-varicella vaccine (MMRV), Dr. Schaffner says. Korin Miller, Health.com, 29 Oct. 2021 She was predeceased by her brother, Raymond Earl Wright, who died of tetanus as a 2-year old toddler in 1923. Kevin Dayhoff, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 11 July 2021 People need to get a flu shot every year, and tetanus shots require a booster, so the need for booster shots is routine, Allan said. Julie Washington, cleveland, 29 Sep. 2021

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tetanus

: 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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