torticollis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n torticollis an unnatural condition in which the head leans to one side because the neck muscles on that side are contracted
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Torticollis (Med) See Wryneck.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n torticollis In medicine, an affection in which the head is inclined toward one or the other shoulder while the neck is twisted so as to turn the chin in the opposite direction; stiff-neck; wry-neck. It may be temporary when resulting from muscular rheumatism, intermittent when due to spasm of the muscles of the neck, or permanent when caused by contraction of the sternoclidomastoid muscle of one side.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Torticollis tor-ti-kol′is wryneck.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. toricolis,; L. torquere, tortum, to twist + collum, the neck

Usage

In literature:

Cervical caries has to be diagnosed from rheumatic torticollis, and from the effects of injuries, such as a sprain or twist of the spine.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
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In news:

Acute Torticollis - a New Approach to Treatment.
Torticollis is a scoliosis of the cervical spine that may be caused by a multiplicity of conditions.
Helping babies change positions can prevent plagiocephaly and torticollis.
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