trismus

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tris·mus

 (trĭz′məs)
n.

[New Latin, from Greek trismos, a grinding, variant of trigmos, a scream.]

tris′mic (-mĭk) adj.

trismus

(ˈtrɪzməs)
n
(Pathology) pathol the state or condition of being unable to open the mouth because of sustained contractions of the jaw muscles, caused by a form of tetanus. Nontechnical name: lockjaw
[C17: from New Latin, from Greek trismos a grinding]
ˈtrismic adj

tris•mus

(ˈtrɪz məs, ˈtrɪs-)

n., pl. -mus•es.
1. a spasm of the jaw muscles that makes it difficult to open the mouth.
[1685–95; < New Latin < Greek trismós a grinding]
tris′mic, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trismus - prolonged spasm of the jaw musclestrismus - prolonged spasm of the jaw muscles  
cramp, muscle spasm, spasm - a painful and involuntary muscular contraction
Translations

tris·mus

Gr. trismus, espasmo de los músculos de la masticación debido a una condición patológica.

trismus

n trismo
References in classic literature ?
The guide told us these things, and he would hardly try so hazardous an experiment as the telling of a falsehood, when it is all he can do to speak the truth in English without getting the lock-jaw.
A lock-jaw that bends a man's head back to his heels; hydrophobia that makes him bark at his wife and babes; insanity that makes him eat grass; war, plague, cholera, famine, indicate a certain ferocity in nature, which, as it had its inlet by human crime, must have its outlet by human suffering.
This whale is not dead; he is only dispirited; out of sorts, perhaps; hypochondriac; and so supine, that the hinges of his jaw have relaxed, leaving him there in that ungainly sort of plight, a reproach to all his tribe, who must, no doubt, imprecate lock-jaws upon him.