Stiffening of the joints and muscles of a body a few hours after death, usually lasting from one to four days.
More example sentences
- After death, bodies are rubbed and anointed to remove rigor mortis.
- When they brought the bodies up, rigor mortis had set in on one women's body so strongly that they couldn't separate the mother from her child.
- He tries to slide the ring off his mother's finger, but rigor mortis has set in.
mid 19th century: from Latin, literally 'stiffness of death'.
Definition of rigor mortis in:
- The British & World English dictionary