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[tawr-ti-kol-is] /ˌtɔr tɪˈkɒl ɪs/
noun, Pathology.
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.
Also called wryneck.
Origin of torticollis
1805-15; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin tort(us) twisted (see tort) + -i- -i- + coll(um) neck + -is noun suffix Unabridged
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(pathol) an abnormal position of the head, usually with the neck bent to one side, caused congenitally by contracture of muscles, muscular spasm, etc
Derived Forms
torticollar, adjective
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from Latin tortus twisted (from torquēre to twist) + collum neck
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Word Origin and History for torticollis

1811, Modern Latin, from Latin tortus "crooked, twisted" (see tortuous) + collum "neck" (see collar (n.)).

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torticollis in Medicine

torticollis tor·ti·col·lis (tôr'tĭ-kŏl'ĭs)
A contracted state of the neck muscles producing an unnatural position of the head. Also called wryneck.

tor'ti·col'lar (-kŏl'ər) adj.
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