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tetanus (ˈtɛtənəs Pronunciation for tetanus



  1. Also called: lockjaw. an acute infectious disease in which sustained muscular spasm, contraction, and convulsion are caused by the release of exotoxins from the bacterium, Clostridium tetani: infection usually occurs through a contaminated wound
  2. (physiology) any tense contraction of a muscle, esp when produced by electric shocks

Derived Forms

ˈtetanal adjective
ˈtetaˌnoid adjective

Word Origin

C16: via Latin from Greek tetanos, from tetanos taut, from teinein to stretch

Translations for 'tetanus'

  • British English: tetanusPronunciation for tetanus Tetanus is a serious painful disease caused by bacteria getting into wounds. It makes your muscles, especially your jaw muscles, go stiff.ˈtɛtənəs NOUN
  • Arabic: كُزَازPronunciation for كُزَاز
  • Brazilian Portuguese: tétanoPronunciation for tétano
  • Chinese: 破伤风Pronunciation for 破伤风
  • Croatian: tetanusPronunciation for tetanus
  • Czech: tetanusPronunciation for tetanus
  • Danish: stivkrampePronunciation for stivkrampe
  • Dutch: tetanusPronunciation for tetanus
  • European Spanish: tétanoPronunciation for tétano
  • Finnish: jäykkäkouristusPronunciation for jäykkäkouristus
  • French: tétanosPronunciation for tétanos
  • German: TetanusPronunciation for Tetanus
  • Greek: τέτανοςPronunciation for τέτανος
  • Italian: tetanoPronunciation for tetano
  • Japanese: 破傷風Pronunciation for 破傷風
  • Korean: 파상풍Pronunciation for 파상풍
  • Norwegian: stivkrampePronunciation for stivkrampe
  • Polish: tężecPronunciation for tężec
  • Portuguese: tétanoPronunciation for tétano
  • Romanian: tetanos
  • Russian: столбнякPronunciation for столбняк
  • Spanish: tétanoPronunciation for tétano
  • Swedish: stelkrampPronunciation for stelkramp
  • Thai: โรคบาดทะยักPronunciation for โรคบาดทะยัก
  • Turkish: tetanosPronunciation for tetanos
  • Ukrainian: правець
  • Vietnamese: bệnh uốn vánPronunciation for bệnh uốn ván


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