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Noun: tetanus  te-tu-nus or te-t(u)n-us
  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
    - lockjaw
  2. A sustained muscular contraction resulting from a rapid series of nerve impulses

Derived forms: tetanuses

Type of: contraction, infection, muscle contraction, muscular contraction

Encyclopedia: Tetanus