lockjaw

[ lok-jaw ]
/ ˈlɒkˌdʒɔ /

noun Pathology.

tetanus in which the jaws become firmly locked together; trismus.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. lockhart,
  2. lockhart, john gibson,
  3. locking piece,
  4. locking plate,
  5. locking pliers,
  6. locknut,
  7. lockout,
  8. lockout box,
  9. lockpick,
  10. lockport

Origin of lockjaw

First recorded in 1795–1805; lock1 + jaw1

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lockjaw


British Dictionary definitions for lockjaw

lockjaw

/ (ˈlɒkˌdʒɔː) /

noun

pathol a nontechnical name for trismus, tetanus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for lockjaw

lockjaw

[ lŏkjô′ ]

n.

tetanus
trismus

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.