lock-jaw also lockjaw, 1786, earlier locked-jaw (1765), popular name for trismus, also applied to tetanus, from LOCK (Cf. lock) (v.) + JAW (Cf. jaw).

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  • lock|jaw — «LOK J», noun. 1. a form of tetanus in which the jaws become firmly closed. 2. = tetanus. (Cf. ↑tetanus) …   Useful english dictionary

  • lock-jaw — n. See locked jaw …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • LOCK-JAW —    See TETANUS …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • lock·jaw — /ˈlɑːkˌʤɑː/ noun [noncount] informal : ↑tetanus …   Useful english dictionary

  • lock-jaw — …   Useful english dictionary

  • jaw — noun 1 bone that contains teeth ADJECTIVE ▪ bottom, lower ▪ top, upper ▪ firm, strong ▪ clenched …   Collocations dictionary

  • Jaw — The bones below the mouth (the mandible) and the bone above the mouth just above the mouth (the maxilla). The word jaw came from the Anglo Saxon ceowan meaning to chew. * * * 1. One of the two bony structures, in which the teeth are set, forming… …   Medical dictionary

  • lock — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 fastening device ADJECTIVE ▪ combination, cylinder, deadbolt (esp. AmE), mortise, Yale™ (BrE) ▪ The hotels replaced their mortise locks on guest rooms with magnetic card readers …   Collocations dictionary

  • locked-jaw — n.; (also lock jaw) Trismus, tetanus (of the jaw) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • Miquelet Lock — A: Cock or hammer. B: Combination frizzen (steel) and powder pan cover. C: Bridle covering frizzen spring. D: Mainspring. E: Bridle supporting the cock. F: Heel of the cock. G: Poinçon or puzón. H: Full cock or primary sear. I: Half cock or… …   Wikipedia

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