tetanus

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tetanus /ˈtɛtnəs/ noun
tetanus
/ˈtɛtnəs/
noun
Learner's definition of TETANUS
[noncount] medical
: a dangerous disease that is caused by bacteria that usually enter the body through a cut or wound
◊ Tetanus causes muscles and especially muscles in the jaw to become stiff.
called also (informal) lockjaw
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