AskDefine | Define tetany

Dictionary Definition

tetany n : clinical neurological syndrome characterized by muscular twitching and cramps and (when severe) seizures; associated with calcium deficiency (hypoparathyroidism) or vitamin D deficiency or alkalosis [syn: tetanilla, intermittent tetanus, intermittent cramp, apyretic tetanus]

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  1. A condition characterized by painful muscular spasms, caused by faulty calcium metabolism


Extensive Definition

Tetany has two meanings, though both are related to the muscular system.
The terms "tetany" and "tetanus" are distinct.
tetany in German: Tetanie
tetany in Polish: Tężyczka
tetany in Portuguese: Tetania
tetany in Russian: Тетания
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