trismus

[triz-muh s, tris-]
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Origin of trismus

1685–95; < New Latin < Greek trismós a grinding
Related formstris·mic, adjective
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Related Words for trismus

trismus, tetanus

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British Dictionary definitions for trismus

trismus

noun
  1. 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
Derived Formstrismic, adjective

Word Origin for trismus

C17: from New Latin, from Greek trismos a grinding
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Word Origin and History for trismus
n.

1690s, Modern Latin, from Greek trismos "a scream; a grinding, rasping," akin to trizein "to chirp, gnash."

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trismus in Medicine

trismus

[trĭzməs]
n.
  1. 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
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