[ kuh n-trak-cher ]
/ kənˈtræk tʃər /
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
Related formscon·trac·tured, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for contractured
/ (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 contractured
[ kən-trăk′chər ]
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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