opisthotonic


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Related to opisthotonic: Decorticate rigidity

o·pis·thot·on·ic

(ō'pis-thot'ō-nik, ō-pis'thō-ton'ik),
Relating to or characterized by opisthotonos.

o·pis·thot·on·ic

(ō'pis-thot'ŏ-nik)
Relating to or characterized by opisthotonos.
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OPISTHOTONOS
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OPISTHOTONOS

opisthotonos

(o?pis-thot'o-nos) [? + tonos, tension]
A tetanic spasm in which head and heels are bent backward and the body is bowed forward. This type of spasm is seen in strychnine poisoning, tetanus, epilepsy, the convulsions of rabies, and in severe cases of meningitis. In the latter case, the patient's neck is rigid and the head retracted, seeming to press into the pillow.
See: illustration; emprosthotonos; pleurothotonosopisthotonic, adjectiveillustration
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Monroe's corpse lying stretched out, back-arched in the generic opisthotonic posture against the striped shadows of a corridor within the Niagara Tower, mimics the hysterical bodies in the Charcot painting.
Unfortunately the patient continued to demonstrate opisthotonic posturing, trismus, and spasticity, so the pentobarbital drip was restarted.
Common findings include trismus (lock-jaw), risus sardonicus, opisthotonic posturing, and autonomic dysfunction.