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

Origin and Etymology of tetany

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin tetanus


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tetany

noun tet·a·ny \ ˈtet-ᵊn-ē, ˈtet-nē \

medical Definition of tetany

plural tetanies
: 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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