Definition of contracture in English:

contracture

Syllabification: con·trac·ture
Pronunciation: /kənˈtrakCHər
 
/

noun

Medicine
A condition of shortening and hardening of muscles, tendons, or other tissue, often leading to deformity and rigidity of joints.
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  • General management of the arthritic process is important, with physiotherapy to prevent joint contracture.
  • Forearm and lower leg measurements cross joints and could be affected by joint deformity such as contracture.
  • During the immobilization of a fracture, all nonimmobilized parts must be moved to avoid stiffness, muscle atrophy and joint contractures.

Origin

mid 17th century: from French, or from Latin contractura, from Latin contract- 'drawn together', from the verb contrahere.

Derivatives

contractural

Pronunciation: /-CHərəl/
adjective
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  • Upstream mutations that result in partial exon skipping have been reported previously, including in the human autosomal dominant disorder congenital contractural arachnodactyly.

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