lockjaw


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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)

lockjaw

Pathol a nontechnical name for trismus and (often) tetanus
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It affects small muscles first, making them spasm and causing lockjaw.
Lockjaw is an inch away on Tyler P's tetanus-fraught pivot fakie.
They trudge past with identical Buffalo lockjaw faces.
When we were all finished and things were being put into bags and boxes and some being worn out the store, the saleswoman turned to me, off to the side, and through her tightest Texas lockjaw smile said, "Honey, that'll be $16.
Tetanus, also called lockjaw, is caused by a bacterium that is common in the soil.
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Contracted through injuries such as lacerations, punctures, and splinters, tetanus is characterized by muscular rigidity rapidly spreading throughout the body, producing pain and stiffness, especially in the neck and jaw--hence the alternative name lockjaw.
Readers learn that Louisa May Alcott had a crush on both Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson when she was young, that Thoreau was devastated when his brother John died of lockjaw, that Hawthorne spent the good part of 12 years in his sister's attic, and that utopian societies of the era had casual sexual mores.
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The jury returned verdict that he died from lockjaw, following the kick.
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Moreover, Elsaghe's expansive study is often illuminating and occasionally even entertaining despite the lockjaw convolutions of his High Academese.