[ tuh-tan-ik ]
/ təˈtæn ɪk /


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.
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


/ (təˈtænɪk) /


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


a tetanic drug or agent
Derived Formstetanically, adverb
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Medicine definitions for tetanic


[ tĕ-tănĭk ]


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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