trismus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n trismus prolonged spasm of the jaw muscles
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Trismus (Med) The lockjaw.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n trismus A tonic spasm of the muscles of mastication, causing closure of the lower jaw, occurring as a manifestation of tetanus, either alone or in conjunction with other tonic muscular spasms; lockjaw.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Trismus tris′mus tetanic spasm of the muscles of mastication, lockjaw.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., form Gr. gnashing of the teeth
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.,—trizein, to gnash.

Usage

In literature:

The symptoms of poisoning by this species are spasms, similar to those of trismus, and agonizing general pains.
"Average Jones" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
We call that a trismus.
"The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
He also reports cases in which trismus and spasm of the glottis have been present.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
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In news:

Dynasplint for the management of trismus after treatment of upper aerodigestive tract cancer: A retrospective study.
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