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