rigor mortis


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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
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rigor mortis

ndie Toten- or Leichenstarre
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rigor mortis

[ˌrɪgɔːˈmɔːtɪs] nrigor mortis m inv
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rigor mortis

n rigor mortis, rígor mortis m (RAE)
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References in classic literature ?
They are in a state of extreme contraction, far exceeding the usual rigor mortis. Coupled with this distortion of the face, this Hippocratic smile, or 'risus sardonicus,' as the old writers called it, what conclusion would it suggest to your mind?"
The dead don't sigh, and for all practical purposes I was that, except for the final consummation, the growing cold, the rigor mortis - that blessed state!
His muscles were set as hard as a board in the most exaggerated rigor mortis, while the contraction of the fibres had drawn his mouth into a hard sardonic grin.
Only a clean break with the past will give us a chance to recalibrate our absurdly wasteful and profligate society into something more sane and sustainable, and if, in the process, the Tory party experiences the last convulsions of rigor mortis, then so much the better.
Questioning her failure to notice, Her limbs seemed to stiffen like rigor mortis.
He said he believed Mr McGuire's body had been in a state of rigor mortis for between two and eight hours.
(2012) analyzing the development of rigor mortis in Atlantic salmon subjected to fishing pumping and electrical stunning did not observe significant differences in severity index between fish exposed to 60 V, 100Hz AC + DC, while pumping and densification had a significant effect on time during the installation of rigor mortis.
Following the attack, Julie and Luke took Bailey to the PDSA in Huyton, but said that by the time they arrived "rigor mortis had already set in" and they knew Bailey had died.
Physical and forensic anthropologists attest that with rigor mortis, bacteria within the body takes the lead, maggots or flesh eaters emerge, which consume in a week 60 percent of the human body.
While ultimately this process leads to rigor mortis, in the shorter term, your muscles may contract.
In July 2016, w revealed the body of a patient who died in A&E had gone unnoticed for so long, rigor mortis set in.
Erwin Erfe explained that decomposition has not yet set in but rigor mortis or postmortem rigidity indicated that De Guzman has been dead for more than 12 hours.