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 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 LatinLatin tortus twisted past participle of torquēre to twist ; see terkw- in Indo-European roots. collum neck ; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots.