the habit of unconsciously grinding one's teeth, usually while asleep
Origin of bruxism; from Classical Greek ebryxa, aorist root of brykein, to gnash the teeth + -ism
The habitual, involuntary grinding or clenching of the teeth, usually during sleep.
Origin of bruxismFrom New Latin br&umacron;xis, a gnashing, from Greek br&umacron;kein, to gnash.
(usually uncountable, plural bruxisms)
Derived from Ancient Greek βρυγμός (brygmós, “grinding [teeth]”) + -ism.