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tetanus

tet·a·nus

tetanus

pronunciation:
te t ns
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an often fatal infectious disease involving rigidness and spasms of the muscles, esp. in the neck and lower jaw, and caused by a bacterium that usu. gains entry to the body through a wound.
definition 2: a state of muscular contraction that lasts much longer than normal, occurring as a reaction to a rapid series of stimuli.
derivation: tetanoid (adj.)
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