rigor mortis

Definitions

Food

  • noun the stiffening of the muscles of recently dead animals due to production of lactic acid, which can be reversed by conditioning the meat

Law

  • phrase a Latin phrase meaning ‘stiffening of the dead’: a state where a dead body becomes stiff some time after death, which can allow a pathologist to estimate the time of death in some cases

Medical

  • noun a condition in which the muscles of a dead body become stiff after death and then become relaxed again
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