trismus, tris′mus, n. tetanic spasm of the muscles of mastication, lockjaw.
The doctor goes into an explanation, which lasts a quarter of an hour, of the trismus, employing the most scientific terms.
In a few cases epileptic attacks and trismus have been observed.
trismus is not uncommon, and clonic spasms frequently affect the limbs.
He was doing well until nearly a fortnight after the injury, when nervous irritation and trismus set in, and he sank.
He also reports cases in which trismus and spasm of the glottis have been present.
The symptoms of poisoning by this species are spasms, similar to those of trismus, and agonizing general pains.
1690s, Modern Latin, from Greek trismos "a scream; a grinding, rasping," akin to trizein "to chirp, gnash."
trismus tris·mus (trĭz'məs)
A firm closing of the jaw due to tonic spasm of the muscles of mastication from disease of the motor branch of the trigeminal nerve. It is usually associated with general tetanus. Also called lockjaw.