from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
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- n. A condition characterized by painful muscular spasms, caused by faulty calcium metabolism
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A morbid condition resembling tetanus, but distinguished from it by being less severe and having intermittent spasms.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A disease characterized by irregularly intermittent tonic spasms of various groups of muscles, more commonly those of the upper extremities, unaccompanied, as a rule, by fever.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
Experiments on animals, which proved more sensitive to loss of the parathyroids than men were, showed that muscles tightened convulsively, a situation called tetany (tet'uh-nee; "stretch" G).
Hypocalcemic tetany as an early sign of DiGeorge syndrome in adult woman.
You could actually feel the delicious muscle tetany spasming through Clegg's jaw as he fought to control the Coitus reservatus for after PMQs.
Last time we had a bird, a parakeet, it lived for five or six years and then had a stroke, began having a kind of rolling tetany.
Although tetany occurs in all muscles that are stimulated, flexor groups are usually stronger and predominate.
This glandular decline interferes with calcium metabolism and may produce the condition of hypocalcemic tetany.
“I could not control it,” he said, “and my back and legs hurt; it was almost like tetany violent muscle spasms and convulsions.”
The complications of tetany and hypoparathyrodism were not understood.
Probably because of this he had less problems with postoperative tetany.
The spasms increased in severity and duration until the patient's body was hard as wood, arched in an agony that came on and receded, came on again, went off, and at last came on in an endless tetany that could not be relaxed by anything save death.