torticollis

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noun tor·ti·col·lis \ˌtȯr-tə-ˈkä-ləs\

Definition of torticollis

  1. :  an acute or chronic often painful condition characterized by involuntary intermittent or sustained contraction of the muscles of the neck (such as the sternocleidomastoid or trapezius) that causes the head to tilt or turn sideways, bend forward or backward, or jerk abnormally Torticollis may occur secondary to an injury or a preexisting condition (such as a musculoskeletal abnormality or a neurodegenerative disease) but is often of unknown cause. —called also wryneck

Origin and Etymology of torticollis

New Latin, from Latin tortus twisted + -i- + collum neck — more at collar


First Known Use: circa 1811


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torticollis

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noun tor·ti·col·lis \ˌtȯrt-ə-ˈkäl-əs\

Medical Definition of torticollis

  1. :  a twisting of the neck to one side that results in abnormal carriage of the head and is usually caused by muscle spasms—called also wryneck


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