Definitions of tetanus

  1. an acute and serious infection of the central nervous system caused by bacterial infection of open wounds; spasms of the jaw and laryngeal muscles may occur during the late stages
  2. a sustained muscular contraction resulting from a rapid series of nerve impulses
  3. A painful and usually fatal disease, resulting generally from a wound, and having as its principal symptom persistent spasm of the voluntary muscles. When the muscles of the lower jaw are affected, it is called locked- jaw, or lickjaw, and it takes various names from the various incurvations of the body resulting from the spasm.
  4. A disease caused by tetanospasmin, a powerful protein toxin produced by CLOSTRIDIUM TETANI. Tetanus usually occurs after an acute injury, such as a puncture wound or laceration. Generalized tetanus, the most common form, is characterized by tetanic muscular contractions and hyperreflexia. Localized tetanus presents itself as a mild condition with manifestations restricted to muscles near the wound. It may progress to the generalized form.
  5. Lockjaw; a disease causing muscular spasms, especially the setting of the lower jaw.
  6. 1. An infectious disease marked by painful tonic muscular contractions; it is caused by the toxin ( tetanospasmin) of Bacillus tetani acting upon the central nervous system; see emprosthotonas, opisthotonas, and pleurothotanas. 2. A tonic muscular contraction, especially one induced by an electrical current.
  7. Spasm of the voluntary muscles: lockjaw.
  9. A nervous affection with spasmodic contraction of muscles; lockjaw.
  10. A disease characterised by long- continued contraction or spasm of certain muscles, the muscles of the jaws and throat being first affected; lock- jaw.
  11. A disease characterised by violent and continued contraction or spasms of the muscles, resulting in rigidity and incurvations of various parts; the disease called lockjaw.
  12. State of a muscle undergoing a continuous fused series of contractions due to faradization ; a rigid state of plant tissue caused by continued stimulus.

Usage examples for tetanus

  1. We have here a parallel case to the complete and incomplete tetanus of muscles, under similar conditions. – Response in the Living and Non-Living by Jagadis Chunder Bose
  2. If it was special- like typhoid or tetanus or something- it'd have another digit. – Brink of Madness by Walter J. Sheldon
  3. Undoubtedly the diseases that play the greatest continuous havoc with black life in West Africa are small- pox, divers forms of pneumonia, heart- disease, and tetanus, the latter being largely responsible for the terrible mortality among children; but the two West African native diseases most interesting to the European on account of their strangeness, are the malignant melancholy and the sleep sickness, and strangely enough both these diseases seem to have their head centre in one region- the lower Congo. – West African studies by Mary Henrietta Kingsley
  4. He was one day's steam either up or down the river from the nearest village, but he was only six hours' march from the Amatombo folk, who live in the very heart of the forest, and employ arrows poisoned by tetanus. – Sanders of the River by Edgar Wallace
  5. This is especially true in the case of tetanus, or lockjaw. – A Practical Physiology by Albert F. Blaisdell
  6. May be tetanus or coma. – Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
  7. If the rapidity be not sufficient for this, we have the jagged curve of incomplete tetanus. – Response in the Living and Non-Living by Jagadis Chunder Bose
  8. Even when well established, laminitis has been mistaken for paralysis, for tetanus, for rheumatic affections of the loins, or even for some undiscovered affection of the muscles of the arms and chest. – Diseases of the Horse's Foot by Harry Caulton Reeks
  9. It may be partly to this that we owe the fact that we never had a case of tetanus. – A Surgeon in Belgium by Henry Sessions Souttar
  10. " We call it tetanus," said the doctor. – None Other Gods by Robert Hugh Benson
  11. Every time he is pricked by a thorn or gets a little earth in his finger- nail, he rushes into the house to bathe his hands in lysol and, for days afterwards, he keeps feeling his jaw to see whether it is stiffening with the first signs of tetanus. – The Pleasures of Ignorance by Robert Lynd