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Noun: rigor mortis  'ri-gu(r) 'mor-tis
  1. Temporary stiffness of joints and muscular rigidity occurring after death
  2. Muscular stiffening that begins 2 to 4 hours after death and lasts for about 4 days

Type of: physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state, rigidification, rigidifying, stiffening

Encyclopedia: Rigor mortis