torticollis

noun
tor·ti·col·lis | \ ˌtȯr-tə-ˈkä-ləs \

Definition of torticollis 

: 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

Note: 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

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Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have learned that babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome are more likely to have torticollis, an abnormal neck condition. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "How Cradle Cincinnati renews its war on Hamilton County’s infant mortality," 28 June 2018 Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have learned that babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome are more likely to have torticollis, an abnormal neck condition. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "How Cradle Cincinnati renews its war on Hamilton County’s infant mortality," 28 June 2018 It's called torticollis, and it's often accompanied by a flattening of the head, known as plagiocephaly. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, "Opioid-exposed babies may get head tilt from neck condition, Children's study shows," 23 Jan. 2018 Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have learned that babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome are more likely to have torticollis, an abnormal neck condition. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "How Cradle Cincinnati renews its war on Hamilton County’s infant mortality," 28 June 2018 Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have learned that babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome are more likely to have torticollis, an abnormal neck condition. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, "Opioid-exposed babies may get head tilt from neck condition, Children's study shows," 23 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of torticollis

circa 1811, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for torticollis

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

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torticollis

noun
tor·ti·col·lis | \ ˌtȯrt-ə-ˈkäl-əs \

Medical Definition of torticollis 

: 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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