rigor mortis[rig′ər môr′tis; occas. rī′gôr]
Origin: ModL, stiffness of death
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Origin: Latin : rigor, stiffness + mortis, genitive of mors, death.
rigor mortis - Cultural Definition
Stiffening of the muscles of the body that occurs after death. Rigor mortis is Latin for “stiffness of death.”
- Figuratively, rigor mortis refers to an absence of flexibility or vitality: “By the time the school finally closed, rigor mortis had set in in nearly every department.”
rigor mortis - Medical Definition
rigor mortis - Science Definition
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