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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 tet·a·nus /ˈtɛtṇəs, ˈtɛtnəs/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 tet·a·nus /ˈtɛtṇəs, ˈtɛtnəs/ 名詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Tet·a·nus n.
 1. Med. A painful and usually fatal disease, resulting generally from a wound, and having as its principal symptom persistent spasm of the voluntary muscles. When the muscles of the lower jaw are affected, it is called locked-jaw, or lickjaw, and it takes various names from the various incurvations of the body resulting from the spasm.
 2. Physiol. That condition of a muscle in which it is in a state of continued vibratory contraction, as when stimulated by a series of induction shocks.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 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 [syn: lockjaw]
      2: a sustained muscular contraction resulting from a rapid
         series of nerve impulses