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lockjaw:

see tetanustetanus
or lockjaw,
acute infectious disease of the central nervous system caused by the toxins of Clostridium tetani. The organism has a widespread distribution and is common in the soil, human and animal feces, and the digestive tracts of animals and humans;
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lockjaw

[′läk ‚jȯ]
(medicine)
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lockjaw

Pathol a nontechnical name for trismus and (often) tetanus
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
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