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Medical Term:

cephalic tetanus


a type of local tetanus that follows wounds to the face and head; after a brief incubation (1–2 days) the facial and ocular muscles become paretic yet undergo repeated tetanic spasms. The throat and tongue muscles may also be affected.

Synonym(s): cerebral tetanus

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