- a state marked by severe, intermittent tonic contractions and muscular pain, due to abnormal calcium metabolism.
Origin of tetany
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Historical Examples of tetany
Gerhardt looks upon rachitis as one of the causes of tetany.
When tetany follows operations for goitre it is due to the removal of these glands.
Trousseau's sign is the production of tetany by applying firm and prolonged pressure to the brachial nerve in the upper arm.
Convulsions, laryngismus stridulus, tetany, or carpopedal spasm are all frequently met with.
- pathol an abnormal increase in the excitability of nerves and muscles resulting in spasms of the arms and legs, caused by a deficiency of parathyroid secretion
Word Origin for tetany
Word Origin and History for tetany
1890, from French tétanie "intermitent tetanus," from Modern Latin tetania (see tetanus).
- An abnormal condition characterized by periodic painful muscular spasms and tremors, caused by faulty calcium metabolism and associated with diminished function of the parathyroid glands.intermittent cramp intermittent tetanus