Rigor-mortis meaning

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Muscular stiffening following death.
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The progressive stiffening of the muscles that occurs several hours after death as a result of the coagulation of the muscle protein.
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Muscular stiffening following death.
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Muscular stiffening following death, resulting from the unavailability of energy needed to interrupt contraction of the muscle fibers.
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Temporary stiffness of a body's muscles and joints following death.
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Origin of rigor-mortis

  • Latin rigor stiffness mortis genitive of mors death

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin rigor mortis, literally "stiffness of death".

    From Wiktionary