Definition of Tetany

1. Noun. Clinical neurological syndrome characterized by muscular twitching and cramps and (when severe) seizures; associated with calcium deficiency (hypoparathyroidism) or vitamin D deficiency or alkalosis.




Definition of Tetany

1. n. A morbid condition resembling tetanus, but distinguished from it by being less severe and having intermittent spasms.

Definition of Tetany

1. Noun. (medicine) A condition characterized by painful muscular spasms, caused by faulty calcium metabolism ¹

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Definition of Tetany

1. a condition marked by painful muscular spasms [n -NIES]

Medical Definition of Tetany

1. 1. Hyperexcitability of nerves and muscles due to decrease in concentration of extracellular ionised calcium, which may be associated with such conditions as parathyroid hypofunction, vitamin D deficiency and alkalosis or result from ingestion of alkaline salts, it is characterised by carpopedal spasm, muscular twitching and cramps, laryngospasm with inspiratory stridor, hyperreflexia and choreiform movements. 2. Tetanus. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tetany

tetanus
tetanus-perfringens antitoxin
tetanus and gas gangrene antitoxins
tetanus anticus
tetanus antitoxin
tetanus antitoxin unit
tetanus dorsalis
tetanus immune globulin
tetanus immunoglobulin
tetanus neonatorum
tetanus posticus
tetanus shot
tetanus toxin
tetanus vaccine
tetanuses
tetany (current term)
tetany cataract
tetany of alkalosis
tetard
tetartanopia
tetartemorion
tetartemorions
tetartohedral
tetartohedrism
tetartohedrisms
tetaug
tetch
tetched
tetched in the haid
tetched in the head

Literary usage of Tetany

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1. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler (1905)
"(5) tetany may also develop during pregnancy or recur in successive pregnancies. ... (6) tetany following removal of the thyroid gland is probably due to i ..."

2. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler (1909)
"(5) tetany may also develop during pregnancy or recur in successive pregnancies. ... (6) tetany following removal of the thyroid gland is probably due to a ..."

3. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"The endemic character of tetany is also well established. ... Another period of life in which tetany is common is late adolescence (17th to 20th year). ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1908)
"This beneficial action lasts for about twenty-four hours, when tetany may ... Potassium salts have an opposite effect and aggravate the symptoms of tetany. ..."

5. Nervous and Mental Diseases by Archibald Church, Frederick Peterson (1914)
"Cassel s found it in 58 out of 60 cases. tetany may follow acute infectious and septic processes, or appear during pregnancy or lactation. ..."

6. The Ductless Glandular Diseases by Wilhelm Falta (1915)
"The etiology of the tetany of later childhood (puerile tetany according to ... The tetany of Maternity Under this heading we understand the tetany observed ..."

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