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cervical dystonia

noun

medical Definition of cervical dystonia

:an often painful condition characterized by involuntary contraction of the neck muscles that causes the head to tilt or turn sideways, forward, or backward or jerk abnormally
  • Cervical dystonia … usually begins between the ages of 30 and 50 years, often with initial neck stiffness and restricted head mobility.
  • —Daniel Tarsy and David K. SimonThe New England Journal of Medicine24 Aug. 2006
  • The doctors eventually told him the problem was cervical dystonia, which is a disorder caused by the lower part of the brain sending messages into the neck that cause the neck muscles to spasm …
  • —John FeinsteinThe Washington Post3 Apr. 2004
called also spasmodic torticollis

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