Med. a condition of persistent involuntary contraction of the neck muscles, causing the head to be twisted to an abnormal position
Origin of torticollisModern Latin ; from Classical Latin tortus, twisted + collum, the neck: see tort and amp; collar
A contracted state of the neck muscles that causes the neck to rotate and tilt sideways, forwards, or backwards. Also called wryneck.
Origin of torticollisNew Latin : Latin tortus, twisted, past participle of torqu&emacron;re, to twist; see terkw- in Indo-European roots + collum, neck; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots.