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Pronunciation: tor'ti-kol'is

Definition: A contraction, or shortening, of the muscles of the neck, chiefly those supplied by the accessory nerve (NXI); the head is drawn to one side and usually rotated so that the chin points to the other side.

Synonym(s): wry neck, wryneck

[L. tortus, twisted, + collum, neck]

See Also: dystonia

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