rigor mortis

[ rig-er mawr-tis, or, esp. British, rahy-gawr ]SEE DEFINITION OF rigor mortis

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"Rigor mortis," Doc Candle diagnosed, with a wink to Collins.

Rigor mortis had set in in the lower jaw, neck and upper extremities.

Though the rigor mortis had not set in, he had evidently been dead some time.

The flesh had become cold and rigor mortis was beginning to set in.

"Except, of course, a slight case of rigor mortis," Dalla added.

The tissues then become tough and hard, a condition known as rigor mortis.

Rigor mortis usually sets in early, and chemical decomposition invades the tissues speedily.

The intense pallor of his face, the set eyes, the stiffened limbs, spoke of the rigor mortis and the finality of tragedy.

But death is there all the same, life has utterly departed, and suddenly comes the rigor mortis.

I had had too much experience with doctor's guesses based on rigor mortis to let it affect my views.

WORD ORIGIN

"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).

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