[ kuh n-trak-cher ]
/ kənˈtræk tʃər /

noun Pathology.

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

1650–60; < Latin contractūra, equivalent to contract(us) drawn together (past participle of contrahere; see contract) + -ūra -ure

Related forms

con·trac·tured, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for contracture


/ (kənˈtræktʃə) /


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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Medicine definitions for contracture


[ kən-trăkchər ]


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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