a state marked by severe, intermittent tonic contractions and muscular pain, due to abnormal calcium metabolism.
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How to use tetany in a sentence
Trousseau's sign is the production of tetany by applying firm and prolonged pressure to the brachial nerve in the upper arm.The Nervous Child | Hector Charles Cameron
Convulsions, laryngismus stridulus, tetany, or carpopedal spasm are all frequently met with.The Nervous Child | Hector Charles Cameron
When tetany follows operations for goitre it is due to the removal of these glands.Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition. | Alexander Miles
Gerhardt looks upon rachitis as one of the causes of tetany.
British Dictionary definitions for tetany
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
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