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lockjaw

 [lok´jaw]

tris·mus

(triz'mŭs),
Persistent contraction of the masseter muscles due to failure of central inhibition; often the initial manifestation of generalized tetanus.
Synonym(s): Ankylostoma (2) , lock-jaw, lockjaw
[L. fr. G. trismos, a creaking, rasping]

lockjaw

/lock·jaw/ (lok´jaw)

lockjaw

(lŏk′jô′)
n.
1. See tetanus.
2. An early sign of tetanus, in which there is difficulty opening the jaw because of a tonic spasm of the muscles of mastication. Also called trismus.

lockjaw

lockjaw

(1) Tetanus, see there.
(2) Trismus, see there.

lockjaw

Tetanus, trismus Spasm of the masseter muscles with stiffness of the jaw caused by tetanospasmin, a neurotoxin produced by Clostridium tetani, which causes an unrestrained muscle firing, and sustained muscular contraction which, if severe, causes dysphagia or acute respiratory insufficiency by causing prolonged diaphragm contraction

tris·mus

(triz'mŭs)
Persistent contraction of the masseter muscles due to failure of central inhibition; often the initial manifestation of generalized tetanus.
Synonym(s): lockjaw.
[L. fr. G. trismos, a creaking, rasping]

lockjaw

A lay term for uncontrollable contraction (spasm) of the powerful chewing muscles that occurs in established TETANUS. The spasm clamps the teeth together so that they can barely be separated. The medical term is trismus.

tris·mus

(triz'mŭs)
Persistent contraction of masseter muscles due to failure of central inhibition; often initial manifestation of generalized tetanus.
Synonym(s): ankylostoma, lockjaw.
[L. fr. G. trismos, a creaking, rasping]

lockjaw

1. tetanus.
2. trismus.
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What sets LockJaw pliers apart is that they don't require any fiddling to adjust the space between the jaws when closed.
The conventional position makes me claustrophobic and the others give me a stiff neck or lockjaw.
The doctors he fervently believes in are as incompetent at medicine as he is at fiction: they attribute a case of lockjaw to ptomaine poisoning, for example.
Before you delve into the soil adding fertilisers and manure, check that your tetanus vaccine is up to date - it remains effective for up to 10 years and protects your body from infection that can lead to lockjaw if bacteria that live in the soil gain entry through a scratch.
That's lockjaw, teeth points clamping, on edge, wanting to bite in, nibble something good, but me not knowing how to stop if I did.
Tetanus attacks the jaw muscles first, often causing lockjaw.
Peltier, who contracted lockjaw as a child, cannot chew properly and hasn't received any special meals in prison, according to the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee's web site.
The most common developmental anomalies observed were equinovarus (clubfoot) in 27-30 of the children (the chart and text are unclear); cranial nerve defects in 21 of the children, resulting in partial paralysis of certain facial muscles and affecting eye control; and in 10 children arthogryposis, a condition in which certain muscles (in these cases, the legs and/or arms) are in a persistent state of flex or contraction similar to the spasms experienced in lockjaw or muscle cramps.
If you stepped on a rusty nail, you prayed that you didn't get lockjaw and put coal oil on the wound.
In fact, Dillard's doesn't have an extreme case of corporate lockjaw relative t other retailers.
It ultimately cost the father his life, as he died from lockjaw following an accident even before construction actually started, and the son his health.
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