Definition of Contracture

1. Noun. An abnormal and usually permanent contraction of a muscle.

Generic synonyms: Contraction, Muscle Contraction, Muscular Contraction
Derivative terms: Contract

Definition of Contracture

1. n. A state of permanent rigidity or contraction of the muscles, generally of the flexor muscles.

Definition of Contracture

1. Noun. (medicine) An abnormal, sometimes permanent, contraction of a muscle; a deformity so caused ¹

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Definition of Contracture

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Medical Definition of Contracture

1. A condition of fixed high resistance to passive stretch of a muscle, resulting from fibrosis of the tissues supporting the muscles or the joints or from disorders of the muscle fibres. Origin: L. Contractura This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Contracture

contractor combatant
contractual obligation
contractual psychiatry
contractual psychotherapy
contractual right
contractural diathesis
contracture (current term)
contracture deformity

Literary usage of Contracture

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1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1911)
"Chir., 1910, cviii, 44) says that the contracture is due to the ischemia, ... Ischemic contracture occurs also after partial or total tearing of the whole ..."

2. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1897)
"The contracture of the hemiplegic is late in its manifestation; it is always preceded and accompanied by paralysis; it presents a variable location in the ..."

3. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1898)
"The contracture of the hemiplegic is not comparable with the contracture of the spastic. In the former there is a lesion of both motor tracts, in the latter ..."

4. A Text-book of physiology: For Medical Students and Physicians by William Henry Howell (1915)
"By contracture we mean a state of maintained contraction or, looking at it from the other point of view, a state of retarded relaxation. ..."

5. International Medical and Surgical Surveyby American Institute of Medicine by American Institute of Medicine (1922)
"The typical contracture-producing substances used were sodium oxalate in isotonic solution, which produces fibrillary twitchings and ..."

6. Diseases of the Nervous System by Julius Lincoln Salinger (1910)
"from the cerebrum to the power station (hysterical contracture), ... The genesis of contracture and the accentuation of its activity are therefore important ..."

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