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lockjaw

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Lockjaw \Lock"jaw'\, noun (Med.) A contraction of the muscles of the jaw by which its motion is suspended; a variety of tetanus; trismus.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

lockjaw

noun

1: an acute and serious infection of the central nervous system caused by bacterial infection of open wounds; spasms of the jaw and laryngeal muscles may occur during the late stages [syn: {tetanus}, {lockjaw}]


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