lock jaw


noun Pathology.
tetanus in which the jaws become firmly locked together; trismus.

1795–1805; lock1 + jaw

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lockjaw (ˈlɒkˌdʒɔː)
pathol trismus a nontechnical name for tetanus

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lockjaw lock·jaw (lŏk'jô')

  1. See tetanus.

  2. See trismus.

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