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rigor mor·tis

 (môr′tĭs)
n.
Muscular stiffening following death.

[Latin : rigor, stiffness + mortis, genitive of mors, death.]
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rigor mortis

(ˈrɪɡə ˈmɔːtɪs)
n
(Pathology) pathol the stiffness of joints and muscular rigidity of a dead body, caused by depletion of ATP in the tissues. It begins two to four hours after death and lasts up to about four days, after which the muscles and joints relax
[C19: Latin, literally: rigidity of death]
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rig•or mor•tis

(ˈrɪg ər ˈmɔr tɪs; esp. Brit. ˈraɪ gɔr)
n.
the stiffening of the body after death.
[1830–40; < Latin: literally, stiffness of death]
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rig·or mor·tis

(rĭg′ər môr′tĭs)
Stiffening of the muscles after death. It occurs because the energy needed to interrupt the contraction of muscle fibers is no longer being produced.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rigor mortis - temporary stiffness of joints and muscular rigidity occurring after death
physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state - the condition or state of the body or bodily functions
2.rigor mortis - muscular stiffening that begins 2 to 4 hours after death and lasts for about 4 days
rigidification, rigidifying, stiffening - the process of becoming stiff or rigid
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Translations

rigor mortis

[ˈrɪgəˈmɔːtɪs] Nrigidez f cadavérica
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rigor mortis

[ˌrɪgərˈmɔːrtɪs] nrigidité f cadavérique
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

rigor mortis

ndie Toten- or Leichenstarre
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

rigor mortis

[ˌrɪgɔːˈmɔːtɪs] nrigor mortis m inv
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rigor mortis

n rigor mortis, rígor mortis m (RAE)
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The deaths were certified on March 30, 2015 but rigamortis had set in and no indication was given as to exactly when they may have died.
Mr Devlin said: "Deborah Orr suggested she had not been frank about how long her son had been dead before the authorities were notified and said she had been reading about rigamortis.