tetany


tet·a·ny

noun \ˈte-tə-nē, ˈtet-nē\

Definition of TETANY

:  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

tet·a·ny

noun \ˈtet-ən-ē, ˈtet-nē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural tet·a·nies

Medical Definition of TETANY

: 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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