tetanus

Definitions

General English

Medical

  • noun the continuous contraction of a muscle, under repeated stimuli from a motor nerve
  • noun an infection caused by Clostridium tetani in the soil, which affects the spinal cord and causes spasms in the muscles which occur first in the jaw.

Military

  • noun a sometimes fatal bacterial disease affecting the nervous system, caused by Clostridium tetani in the soil; it affects the spinal cord and causes spasms in the muscles which occur first in the jaw

Sports

  • noun an acute infectious disease, usually contracted through a penetrating wound, that causes severe muscular spasms and contractions, especially around the neck and jaw
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