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tetanus

noun [U]     /ˈtet.ən.əs/ (old-fashioned informal lockjaw)
a serious disease caused by bacteria entering the human body through small cuts, causing the muscles, especially around the mouth, to become tight and stop workingDisorders and diseases of the heart and blood
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