Definition of Trismus

1. Noun. Prolonged spasm of the jaw muscles.

Generic synonyms: Cramp, Muscle Spasm, Spasm



Definition of Trismus

1. n. The lockjaw.

Definition of Trismus

1. Noun. The inability to normally open the mouth, such as a result of disease. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Trismus

1. lockjaw [n -ES] : TRISMIC [adj] - See also: lockjaw

Medical Definition of Trismus

1. Motor disturbance of the trigeminal nerve, especially spasm of the masticatory muscles, with difficulty in opening the mouth, a characteristic early symptom of tetanus. Synonym: lockjaw. Origin: Gr. Trismos = grating, grinding This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Trismus

trisiloxanes
trisilver
triskaidecagon
triskaidecagons
triskaideka-
triskaidekaphobia
triskaidekaphobic
triskaidekaphobics
triskele
triskeles
triskelia
triskelion
triskelions
trismic
trismoid
trismus (current term)
trismus dolorificus
trismus nascentium
trismus neonatorum
trismus sardonicus
trismuses
trisnitrate
trisnitrates
trisoctahedra
trisoctahedron
trisoctahedrons
trisodium
trisodium orthophosphate
trisodium phosphate
trisoligonucleotide

Literary usage of Trismus

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1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1902)
"The remarkable character of the post-mortem findings should stimulate pathological studies in simple adiposis. DIPHTHERIA WITH PERSISTENT trismus AND ..."

2. Oral Abscesses by Kurt Hermann Thoma (1916)
"(Marked pharyngitis and CASE slight trismus.) The patient, a young man, ... (Mandibular trismus.) The patient, aSe(l 24> suffered from pain in the ..."

3. The Practice of Obstetrics: Designed for the Use of Students and by James Clifton Edgar (1916)
"trismus UTERI. Numerous states of the cervix may be responsible for its failure to ... trismus Uteri.—Dystocia of functional origin is due principally to a ..."

4. The Dublin Journal of Medical Science (1836)
"Observations on trismus Nascentium. By ROBERT COLLINS, MD, late Master of the Dublin Lying-in ... With respect to the treatment of trismus nascentium I ..."

5. The Diseases of children by James Frederic Goodhart, George Frederic Still (1905)
"Tetanus: trismus Neonatorum.—Tetanus is but rarely seen in children. ... The inability to take the breast, owing to the trismus, may be the first symptom ..."

6. Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal (1819)
"... on the trismus Nascentium, strongly attracted my attention, as well as that of some of the practitioners who had preceded me in the Lying-in hospital. ..."

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