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Contraction


/kənˈtrakSHən/

Noun, pl. contractions

1. (Science: physiology)
A shortening or reduction in size, in connection with muscles contraction implies shortening and/or development of tension. (biology-online.org)

2. The process of becoming smaller. (Google Dictionary)

3. The process in which a muscle becomes or is made shorter and tighter. (Google Dictionary)

(Medicine)
4. A strong and often painful shortening of the uterine muscles prior to or during childbirth. (wiktionary.org)

5. A distinct stage of wound healing, wherein the wound edges are gradually pulled together. (wiktionary.org)

 

Word origin: From Latin contractiō.


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