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tetany

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noun tet·a·ny \ˈte-tə-nē, ˈtet-nē\

Definition of tetany

  1. :  a condition of physiological calcium imbalance marked by tonic spasm of muscles and often associated with deficient parathyroid secretion



Origin and Etymology of tetany

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin tetanus


First Known Use: circa 1885


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tetany

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noun tet·a·ny \ˈtet-ən-ē, ˈtet-nē\

Medical Definition of tetany

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tetanies

  1. :  a condition of physiological calcium imbalance that is marked by intermittent tonic spasm of the voluntary muscles and is associated with deficiencies of parathyroid secretion or other disturbances (as vitamin D deficiency)




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