Tet`a*no*mo"tor(?), n. (Physiol.) An instrument from tetanizing a muscle by irritating its nerve by successive mechanical shocks.
Tet"a*nus(?), n. [L., fr. Gr. , fr. stretched, to stretch.] 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.
(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.
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