- a shortening or distortion of muscular or connective tissue due to spasm, scar, or paralysis of the antagonist of the contracting muscle.
Origin of contracture
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The mechanism for maintaining the symptoms—the pains, the paralysis or contracture.Spiritualism and the New Psychology
Six months later the same position was maintained, but the contracture disappeared under an anæsthetic.Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900
George Henry Makins
It is associated with ankylosis of the joint, or contracture of the soft parts or both.
Contracture may occur in the muscles affected after the spasms cease.
A contracture is then developed, and it may be transferred to the opposite limb by the approach of a magnet.Insomnia; and Other Disorders of Sleep
Henry M. Lyman
- a disorder in which a skeletal muscle is permanently tightened (contracted), most often caused by spasm or paralysis of the antagonist muscle that maintains normal muscle tension
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Word Origin and History for contracture
1650s, from French contracture, from Latin contractura "a drawing together," from contractus, past participle of contrahere (see contract (n.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An abnormal, often permanent shortening, as of muscle or scar tissue, that results in distortion or deformity, especially of a joint of the body.
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