Definition of Dupuytren's contracture in English:

Dupuytren's contracture

Line breaks: Du|puy|tren's con|trac¦ture
Pronunciation: /dʊːˈpwiːtrəns
(also Dupuytren's disease)


[mass noun] Medicine
  • A condition in which there is fixed forward curvature of one or more fingers, caused by the development of a fibrous connection between the finger tendons and the skin of the palm.
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    • These include carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, Dupuytren's contracture, frozen shoulder, spondylosis of the neck and cramp of the hand (writer's cramp).
    • Skin defects in the palm are often left to heal by secondary intention after surgery for Dupuytren's disease, with excellent results.
    • She was immediately attracted by the texture of his skin, and by his ‘elegant, long, aristocratic’ hands, which were later deformed by Dupuytren's disease.


late 19th century: named after Baron Guillaume Dupuytren (1777–1835), the French surgeon who first described the condition.

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