tetany

[tet-n-ee]

Origin of tetany

From the New Latin word tetania, dating back to 1880–85. See tetanus, -y3
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tetany

noun
  1. 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

C19: from French tétanie. See tetanus
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Word Origin and History for tetany
n.

1890, from French tétanie "intermitent tetanus," from Modern Latin tetania (see tetanus).

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tetany in Medicine

tetany

[tĕtn-ē]
n.
  1. 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
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