Definition of Muscle contraction
1. Noun. (physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber).
Generic synonyms: Shortening
Specialized synonyms: Contracture, Tetanus, Uterine Contraction, Braxton-hicks Contraction, False Labor, Vaginismus
Category relationships: Physiology
Derivative terms: Contract
Medical Definition of Muscle contraction
1. A process leading to shortening and/or development of tension in muscle tissue. Muscle contraction occurs by a sliding filament mechanism whereby actin filaments slide inward among the myosin filaments. (12 Dec 1998)
Lexicographical Neighbors of Muscle Contraction
Literary usage of Muscle contraction
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. A Manual of Physiology by Gerald Francis Yeo (1890)
"The chemical changes which take place during muscle contraction are probably the ... muscle contraction."
2. Human physiology, statical and dynamical, or, The conditions and course of by John William Draper (1878)
"Doctrine that muscle contraction is the result of Muscle Disintegration. ... muscle contraction ..."
3. Steno on Muscles by Troels Kardel (1994)
"... each other's writings on muscle contraction with respect.44 Unfortunately, ... on muscle contraction was published not during his lifetime, but in 1737. ..."