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Medical Term:

contraction

Pronunciation: kon-trak'shun

Definition:

  1. A shortening or increase in tension; denoting the normal function of muscle.
  2. Shrinkage or reduction in size.
  3. Heart beat, as in premature contraction.

[L. contractus, drawn together]

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