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rigor mortis

Clearly he had been dead a while because the body showed signs of rigor mortis.
  muscular stiffening that begins 2 to 4 hours after death and last for about 4 days
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All the senses of rigor or rigorous relate to rigidity and/or difficulty.
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  • Clearly he had been dead a while because the body showed signs of rigor mortis.
  • It’s a good thing he didn’t try that yesterday when I had rigor mortis of the head.
    Louise Rennison  --  Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
  • Once removed from its pore, the hair immediately stiffened in rapid rigor mortis.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Vittoria had feared the corpse’s mouth might be clenched tight with rigor mortis and that she would have to suggest breaking the jaw to see the tongue.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons

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  • It would not be had to eat with a little lime or with lemon or with salt, "How do you feel, hand?" he asked the cramped hand that was almost as stiff as rigor mortis.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • Both men were locked in rigor mortis.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • According to this chart, that’s about one point above rigor mortis.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • There’s a protein in muscle plasma called myosin that coagulates in the muscle fiber and causes rigor mortis.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • But whether due to rigor mortis or careless oversight, Rolf’s mouth remained open—frozen on the threshold of a scream.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • When used in its pathological sense (not only in the Latin form of /rigor mortis/, but as an English word) it drops the /u/; in all other senses it retains the /u/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language

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  • Both hands, big fat things like rows of kielbasa, grabbed the boy’s fragile neck and locked into rigor mortis, though the bandsman remained very much alive and, apparently, healthy.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Rigor mortis was setting in.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The living tissue did not permit chemical analysis; the very changes that brought about rigor mortis were enough to make all such experimentation futile.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
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Associated words [difficulty]:   rigor mortis [8] , rigorous [3] , rigorous [3] , rigorous [4] , exeunt [6] , gravitas [7] , imprimatur [8] , in utero [8]
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