risus sardonicus

noun

pathol fixed contraction of the facial muscles resulting in a peculiar distorted grin, caused esp by tetanusAlso called: trismus cynicus (ˈtrɪzməs ˈsɪnɪkəs)

Nearby words

  1. riss,
  2. rissole,
  3. rissolé,
  4. ristra,
  5. risus caninus,
  6. rit.,
  7. rita,
  8. ritalin,
  9. ritardando,
  10. rite

Word Origin for risus sardonicus

C17: New Latin, literally: sardonic laugh

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