Pathology. pertaining to, of the nature of, or characterized by tetanus.
Medicine/Medical. noting a medicine or poison that can cause tetanic spasms of the muscles.Compare tetany.
Origin of tetanic
1720–30;Related formste·tan·i·cal·ly, adverbpost·te·tan·ic, adjectivesub·te·tan·ic, adjectivesub·te·tan·i·cal, adjective
< Latin tetanicus
< Greek tetanikós,
equivalent to tétan(os
) spasm, tetanus
+ -ikos -ic
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Examples from the Web for tetanic
Historical Examples of tetanic
If the tetanic spasms have not commenced, the stomach-pump ought to be used.
I fancy, however, that their strength was rather of the tetanic than the titanic sort.
The patient progressed favorably for some days, when tetanic symptoms appeared, and under these he sank.
She was an open car, capable of some eighteen miles on the flat, with tetanic gears and a perpetual palsy.
But he could not speak at once; his teeth closed with tetanic force upon each other.
British Dictionary definitions for tetanic
Derived Formstetanically, adverb
of, relating to, or producing tetanus or the spasms of tetanus
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Of or causing tetanus or tetany.
Marked by sustained muscular contractions.
An agent that in poisonous doses produces tonic muscular spasm.
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