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contracture

Pronunciation: kon-trak'chur

Definition: Static muscle shortening due to tonic spasm or fibrosis, to loss of muscular balance, to the antagonist being paralyzed, or to a loss of motion of the adjacent joint.

[L. contractura, fr. contraho, to draw together]

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