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Meaning of TETANUS

Pronunciation:  'tetnus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a sustained muscular contraction resulting from a rapid series of nerve impulses
  2. [n]  an acute and serious infection of the central nervous system caused by bacterial infection of open wounds; spasms of the jaw and laryngeal muscles may occur during the late stages

TETANUS is a 7 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: lockjaw
 See Also: contraction, infection, muscular contraction



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Tet"a*nus\, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? stretched, ? to
1. (Med.) A painful and usually fatal disease, resulting
   generally from a wound, and having as its principal
   symptom persistent spasm of the voluntary muscles. When
   the muscles of the lower jaw are affected, it is called
   {locked-jaw}, or {lickjaw}, and it takes various names
   from the various incurvations of the body resulting from
   the spasm.

2. (Physiol.) That condition of a muscle in which it is in a
   state of continued vibratory contraction, as when
   stimulated by a series of induction shocks.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: A serious disease affecting the central nervous system. Tetanus (lockjaw) results when a wound is infected with a type of bacteria that thrives without oxygen (particularly in deep wounds). It is a rare disease in the United States today.