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contracture

Line breaks: con|trac¦ture
Pronunciation: /kənˈtraktʃə
 
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Definition of contracture in English:

noun

[mass noun] Medicine
A condition of shortening and hardening of muscles, tendons, or other tissue, often leading to deformity and rigidity of joints: contracture of the hip in cerebral palsy [count noun]: the contractures had been caused by intramuscular injections
More example sentences
  • 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.

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