verb (used with object), tet·a·nized, tet·a·niz·ing. Physiology.

to induce tetanus in (a muscle).

Also especially British, tet·a·nise.

Origin of tetanize

First recorded in 1840–50; tetan(us) + -ize
Related formstet·a·ni·za·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for tetanize




(tr) to induce tetanus in (a muscle); affect (a muscle) with tetanic spasms
Derived Formstetanization or tetanisation, noun
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tetanize in Medicine




To affect with tetanic convulsions; produce or induce tetanus in.
Related formstet′a•ni•zation (tĕt′n-ĭ-zāshən) n.
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