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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 of tetany

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin tetanus


First Known Use: circa 1885


Medical Dictionary

tetany

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noun tet·a·ny \ˈtet-ən-ē, ˈtet-nē\

Medical Definition of tetany

plural 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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  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "tetany" Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "tetany"


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