- a spasm of the jaw muscles that makes it difficult to open the mouth.
Origin of trismus
Examples from the Web for trismus
Historical Examples of trismus
He was doing well until nearly a fortnight after the injury, when nervous irritation and trismus set in, and he sank.A Treatise on Gunshot Wounds
He also reports cases in which trismus and spasm of the glottis have been present.
The doctor goes into an explanation, which lasts a quarter of an hour, of the trismus, employing the most scientific terms.The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete
Honore de Balzac
In a few cases epileptic attacks and trismus have been observed.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection
Alexander Wynter Blyth
The symptoms of poisoning by this species are spasms, similar to those of trismus, and agonizing general pains.Average Jones
Samuel Hopkins Adams
- pathol the state or condition of being unable to open the mouth because of sustained contractions of the jaw muscles, caused by a form of tetanusNontechnical name: lockjaw
Word Origin for trismus
1690s, Modern Latin, from Greek trismos "a scream; a grinding, rasping," akin to trizein "to chirp, gnash."
- 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.lockjaw