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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: Greek tetanos, from tetanos 'stretched, tight'

tetanus

noun
     
Related topics: Illness and Disability
tet‧a‧nus [uncountable]
MB a serious illness caused by bacteria that enter your body through cuts and wounds and make your muscles, especially your jaw, go stiff [= lockjaw]

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