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Definitions for rigor mortis
ˈrɪg ər ˈmɔr tɪs; esp. Brit. ˈraɪ gɔrrig·or mor·tis

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rigor mortis(noun)

    temporary stiffness of joints and muscular rigidity occurring after death

  2. rigor mortis(noun)

    muscular stiffening that begins 2 to 4 hours after death and lasts for about 4 days


  1. rigor mortis(Noun)

    Temporary stiffness of a body's muscles and joints following death.


  1. Rigor mortis

    Rigor mortis is one of the recognizable signs of death, caused by chemical changes in the muscles after death, causing the limbs of the corpse to become stiff and difficult to move or manipulate. In humans, it commences after about three to four hours, reaches maximum stiffness after 12 hours, and gradually dissipates until approximately 48 to 60 hours after death.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Rigor Mortis

    Muscular rigidity which develops in the cadaver usually from 4 to 10 hours after death and lasts 3 or 4 days.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rigor mortis in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rigor mortis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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