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tet·a·nus

tetanus

 
pronunciation:
te t ns
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part of speech: noun
definition: a disease that affects the muscles of the neck and lower jaw and can cause death. Tetanus is caused by germs that enter the body through a wound. Another name for this disease is lockjaw.
Almost all children in the United States receive a vaccine that protects them from tetanus.
derivation: tetanoid (adj.)
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