cadaveric spasm

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ca·dav·er·ic spasm

rigor mortis occurring irregularly in the different muscles, causing movements of the limbs.
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An uncommon form of spasm that occurs at the time of death
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This phenomenon, cadaveric spasm, results from the typically violent struggling of an individual at the time of the drowning.