Literally meaning: "taut and stretched"
Origin: Anc Greek
τείνω/teino (=extend) > τανύω/tanyo(=strain, stretch) > ταινία/taenia(=band, ribon)
The name of tetanus is derived from its symptom of violent and prolonged spasm and stiffness of muscles. The resp[onsible bacterium was first isolated in 1889 by S. Kitasato while he was working with R. Koch in
Tetanus is a serious infectious disease caused by tetanus bacteria (Clostridium tetani) that lives in the csoil and animal feces. Tetanus is characterized by painful tightening of the muscle.