Definition of trismus in English:

trismus

Line breaks: tris|mus
Pronunciation: /ˈtrɪzməs
 
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noun

[mass noun] Medicine
  • Spasm of the jaw muscles, causing the mouth to remain tightly closed, typically as a symptom of tetanus. Also called lockjaw.
    More example sentences
    • He developed jaw muscle spasm or trismus (from the word ‘grinding’ in Greek), difficulty swallowing, and stiffness or pain in the neck, shoulder and back muscles.
    • Regional lymphadenopathy is common, and cellulitis and trismus (inability to open the mouth fully) can occur.
    • The presenting symptoms include fever, throat pain, and trismus.

Origin

late 17th century: from modern Latin, from Greek trismos 'a scream, grinding'.

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