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risus sardonicus

/ˈriːsəs sɑːˈdɒnɪkəs/
noun
1.
(pathol) fixed contraction of the facial muscles resulting in a peculiar distorted grin, caused esp by tetanus Also called trismus cynicus (ˈtrɪzməs ˈsɪnɪkəs)
Word Origin
C17: New Latin, literally: sardonic laugh
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