[ UK /lˈɒkd‍ʒɔː/ ]
  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
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How To Use lockjaw In A Sentence

  • Of course that first thing that sprang to mind was lockjaw, but I've not been hammering any rusty nails recently, so it's unlikely.
  • = of tetanus; illness also known as "lockjaw"; caused by bacteria Behind AotW
  • Historically, it's been dominated by old men tasting wine in wood-panelled libraries, speaking with a little Locust Valley lockjaw (if you know what I mean, Lovey). Gregory Dal Piaz: The Most Annoying Wine Words
  • Tetanus, also called lockjaw, is a disease with uncontrolled muscle spasms caused by a bacterium in a local wound.
  • The most eminent physician of the thirteenth century, Gilbertus Anglicus (Gilbert of England, 1170–1230), wrote that when treating a wounded nerve, it should first be cut across to relieve pain and prevent lockjaw (tetanus) and that a mixture of earthworms and oil beaten together should be applied. Modern Science in the Bible
  • He dressed himself in white, popped his collar toward the heavens, picked up a mallet, and announced in his bogus rich boy's lockjaw, "Croquet anyone?"
  • It is preferable to gangrene or lockjaw, I suppose, but-" "If you will please allow me to finish my sentence, Emerson? LORD OF THE SILENT
  • Tetanus or lockjaw may not seem to be a compelling disease to vaccinate against in elderly adults but 92 % of all cases occur in adults and 71 % are over the age of fifty.
  • She had a kind of lockjaw of grief such as children suffer and suffer for. We Can't Have Everything
  • He returned to his desk, took down his two massive volumes of The Complete and Concise Home Doctor, and began to revise the sections that dealt with 'bleeding; dressings; shock; tourniquet; bullet wounds; burns; cuts; stabs; asepsis; drainage and irrigation of wounds; lockjaw; pus; trepanning for the relief of depressed fractures of the skull.' Captain Corelli's Mandolin
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