Etymology
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rigor mortis

"characteristic stiffening of the body caused by contraction of muscles after death," 1837, from Latin rigor "stiffness" (see rigor) + mortis, genitive of mors "death" (see mortal).

updated on August 25, 2021

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Definitions of rigor mortis from WordNet

rigor mortis (n.)
temporary stiffness of joints and muscular rigidity occurring after death;
rigor mortis (n.)
muscular stiffening that begins 2 to 4 hours after death and lasts for about 4 days;
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