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torticollis

[ tawr-ti-kol-is ]
/ ˌtɔr tɪˈkɒl ɪs /
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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.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for torticollis

torticollis
/ (ˌtɔːtɪˈkɒlɪs) /

noun
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 of torticollis

torticollar, adjective

Word Origin for torticollis

C19: New Latin, from Latin tortus twisted (from torquēre to twist) + collum neck
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