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See also: Tetanus
- (pathology, countable) A serious and often fatal disease caused by the infection of an open wound with the anaerobic bacterium Clostridium tetani, found in soil and the intestines and faeces of animals.
- (physiology, countable) A state of muscle tension caused by sustained contraction arising from a rapid series of nerve impulses which do not allow the muscle to relax.
1998 January 16, Pierre-Marie Lledo et al., “Postsynaptic Membrane Fusion and Long-Term Potentiation”, Science, volume 279, number 5349, DOI:10.1126/science.279.5349.399, pages 399-403:
- We first saturated LTP in one pathway by applying repetitive tetani that had no effect on the control pathway (Fig. 4 B).
- (disease caused by Clostridium tetani): lockjaw