Definition of tetany in English:

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tetany

Pronunciation: /ˈtet(ə)nē/

noun

A condition marked by intermittent muscular spasms, caused by malfunction of the parathyroid glands and a consequent deficiency of calcium.
Example sentences
  • Short of full-blown tetany, in medical conditions with a low blood calcium the motor axons in the peripheral nerves may show an increased sensitivity to mechanical stimulation.
  • The patient may experience nausea, vomiting, hyperventilation, and hypocalcemia with muscle tetany and seizures.
  • Larger doses of fluoride can cause life-threatening hypocalcemia with convulsions, tetany, decreased myocardial contractility, ventricular arrhythmias, and cardiac arrest.

Origin

Late 19th century: from French tétanie, from Latin tetanus (see tetanus).

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Syllabification: tet·a·ny

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