Definition of Rigor mortis

1. Noun. Temporary stiffness of joints and muscular rigidity occurring after death.




2. Noun. Muscular stiffening that begins 2 to 4 hours after death and lasts for about 4 days.

Definition of Rigor mortis

1. Noun. Temporary stiffness of a body's muscles and joints following death. ¹

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Medical Definition of Rigor mortis

1. Muscular rigidity which develops in the cadaver usually from 4 to 10 hours after death and lasts 3 or 4 days. (12 Dec 1998)

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Literary usage of Rigor mortis

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1. The Journal of Experimental Medicine by Rockefeller University, Rockefeller Institute, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (1908)
"THE THEORIES AND SOME OF THE FACTS OF rigor mortis. Historical.—Two features of the phenomenon of rigor mortis, the stiffness and the shortening of the ..."

2. Handbook of Physiology by William Dobinson Halliburton (1913)
"rigor mortis. After death, the muscles gradually lose their irritability and pass into ... The general stiffening thus produced constitutes rigor mortis or ..."

3. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1885)
"THE INFLUENCE OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM UPON rigor mortis. ... In 72.4 per cent, of the cases, the rigor mortis ensued earlier in the leg whose sciatic was ..."

4. Legal Medicine by Charles Meymott Tidy (1882)
"This coagulation is, in his opinion, the cause of the rigor mortis. ... Hence the disappearance of rigor mortis, and the subsequent flaccidity. ..."

5. A Text-book of physiology: For Medical Students and Physicians by William Henry Howell (1905)
"The rigor that appears in the muscles after somatic death is designated usually as rigor mortis, since its occurrence explains the death stiffening in the ..."

6. The Popular Science Monthly by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1893)
"In ordinary rigor mortis the march is downward ; the parts first affected ... Ordinary rigor mortis is usually of twenty-four to thirty-six hours' duration ..."

7. A Textbook of Physiology by Michael Foster (1888)
"We may in fact speak of rigor mortis as characterised by a coagulation of the muscle-plasma, comparable to the coagulation of blood-plasma, but differing ..."

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