tetanize

verb

tet·​a·​nize ˈte-tə-ˌnīz How to pronounce tetanize (audio)
tetanized; tetanizing

transitive verb

: to induce tetanus in
tetanize a muscle
tetanization noun

Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tetanize was in 1849

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Cite this Entry

“Tetanize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tetanize. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

tetanize

transitive verb
tet·​a·​nize
variants also British tetanise
tetanized also British tetanised; tetanizing also British tetanising
: to induce tetanus in
tetanize a muscle
tetanization noun
also British tetanisation
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