- a condition in which the neck is twisted and the head inclined to one side, caused by spasmodic contraction of the muscles of the neck.
Origin of torticollis
Also called wryneck.
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Examples from the Web for torticollis
Martin has recorded an example of torticollis in relation to melancholia.
He has since started a salaam tic, and finally a torticollis with deviation of the eyes.
Torticollis, myalgia cervicalis, stiff neck or wry neck, caput obstipum.
Torticollis has been successfully treated with hydrocyanate of iron.
When the torticollis attitude has been corrected in childhood, the asymmetry of the skull disappears.
- pathol an abnormal position of the head, usually with the neck bent to one side, caused congenitally by contracture of muscles, muscular spasm, etc
C19: New Latin, from Latin tortus twisted (from torquēre to twist) + collum neck
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Word Origin and History for torticollis
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A contracted state of the neck muscles producing an unnatural position of the head.wryneck
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