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rigor mortis

noun [U] uk   /ˌrɪɡ.əˈmɔː.tɪs/  us   /-ɚˈmɔːr.t̬ɪs/ specialized
the stiffness of the joints (= places where two bones are connected) and muscles of a dead body: Rigor mortis usually sets in between two and four hours after death.
Translations of “rigor mortis”
in Chinese (Traditional) 屍僵, 死後強直…
in Chinese (Simplified) 尸僵, 死后强直…
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