tetanic

[ tuh-tan-ik ]
/ təˈtæn ɪk /
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adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. testudinate,
  2. testudo,
  3. testy,
  4. tet,
  5. tet offensive,
  6. tetaniform,
  7. tetanigenous,
  8. tetanism,
  9. tetanize,
  10. tetano-

Sometimes te·tan·i·cal.

Origin of tetanic

1720–30; < Latin tetanicus < Greek tetanikós, equivalent to tétan(os) spasm, tetanus + -ikos -ic

Related formste·tan·i·cal·ly, adverbpost·te·tan·ic, adjectivesub·te·tan·ic, adjectivesub·te·tan·i·cal, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for tetanic

tetanic

/ (təˈtænɪk) /

adjective

of, relating to, or producing tetanus or the spasms of tetanus

noun

a tetanic drug or agent
Derived Formstetanically, adverb

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Medicine definitions for tetanic

tetanic

[ tĕ-tănĭk ]

adj.

Of or causing tetanus or tetany.
Marked by sustained muscular contractions.

n.

An agent that in poisonous doses produces tonic muscular spasm.

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