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Opisthotonos

Definition

noun

A severe form of spasm wherein the back arches and the head is bent backward while the heels flex.


Supplement

This condition occurs from a lesion in the medulla, pons, and midbrain, and characterized by a spasm of the axial muscles along the spinal column.


Word origin: Greek tonos (tension)


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