Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a sustained muscular contraction resulting from a rapid series of nerve impulses
  2. (noun, state) 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

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Synonyms of Tetanus


Alternate forms of Tetanus

Hypernyms: contraction, infection, muscle contraction, muscular contraction

Origin of the word Tetanus

  1. late 14c., from L. tetanus, from Gk. tetanos "muscular spasm," lit. "a stretching, tension," from teinein "to stretch" (see tenet); so called because the disease is characterized by violent spasms and stiffness of muscles. more

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