tetany

noun
tet·a·ny | \ 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

First Known Use of tetany

circa 1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tetany

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin tetanus

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The first known use of tetany was circa 1885

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tetany

noun
tet·a·ny | \ ˈtet-ᵊn-ē, ˈtet-nē \
plural tetanies

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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