noun Pathology.

  1. a state marked by severe, intermittent tonic contractions and muscular pain, due to abnormal calcium metabolism.


  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

n.1890, from French tétanie “intermitent tetanus,” from Modern Latin tetania (see tetanus). 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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