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lockjaw

[lok-jaw] /ˈlɒkˌdʒɔ/
noun, Pathology
1.
tetanus in which the jaws become firmly locked together; trismus.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; lock1 + jaw
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British Dictionary definitions for lock-jaw

lockjaw

/ˈlɒkˌdʒɔː/
noun
1.
(pathol) a nontechnical name for trismus, tetanus
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Word Origin and History for lock-jaw
n.

also lockjaw, 1786, earlier locked-jaw (1765), popular name for trismus, also applied to tetanus, from lock (v.) + jaw.

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lock-jaw in Medicine

lockjaw lock·jaw (lŏk'jô')
n.

  1. See tetanus.

  2. See trismus.

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Slang definitions & phrases for lock-jaw

lockjaw

noun

: McKellen's Richard, his defects minimized and with a ruling-class lockjaw accent, is elegantly carved in ice (1980s+)

Related Terms

have lockjaw, locust valley lockjaw


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