Definition of opisthotonos in English:

opisthotonos

Syllabification: op·is·thot·o·nos
Pronunciation: /ˌäpəsˈTHädənəs
 
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(also opisthotonus)

noun

Medicine
Spasm of the muscles causing backward arching of the head, neck, and spine, as in severe tetanus, some kinds of meningitis, and strychnine poisoning.
More example sentences
  • The four adult members of the family were conscious but had muscle stiffness with periodic convulsive movements of the limbs and opisthotonos.
  • Twenty four hours later she developed the signs and symptoms of tetanus, with increasing jaw stiffness, opisthotonos, and generalised limb spasticity.
  • These include numbness and weakness of the lower extremities, opisthotonos and seizures.

Origin

mid 17th century: via late Latin from Greek opisthotonos 'drawn backward'.

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