• WordNet 3.6
    • n contracture an abnormal and usually permanent contraction of a muscle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Contracture (Med) A state of permanent rigidity or contraction of the muscles, generally of the flexor muscles.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n contracture Contraction, as of muscles; contortion produced by muscular contraction; specifically, a permanent shortening of a muscle.
    • n contracture Taking; catching: as, contracture of a fever.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. contractura, a drawing together


In literature:

In children, hysterical pain, hysterical contractures or palsies, mutism, and aphonia are the most usual symptoms.
"The Nervous Child" by Hector Charles Cameron
Repair may be associated with contracture.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
Volkmann's ischaemic contracture occasionally develops after fractures of the forearm.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
Gerssdorff has much to say with regard to contractures and anchyloses.
"The Century of Columbus" by James J. Walsh
These consist of paraplegias, hemiplegias and muscular contractures.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 5" by Various

In news:

Dennis Malloy's Dupuytren Contracture Hand.
Dennis and Judi were discussing dupuytren contracture on the show and Dennis mentioned how he used to use his double jointed thumb as an excuse to get out of gym class when he was a kid.
It can be tough to "get a grip" if you are suffering from a disease called Dupuytren's Contracture that causes your fingers to permanently contract into a fist.
An exclusive online update regarding Dupuytren's contracture and a new hand therapy.
University of Illinois researchers identified the mutation causing Contractural Arachnodactyly (CA.
Susceptibility to malignant hyperthermia is diagnosed by contracture test, which requires an open muscle biopsy sample.
It means we maintain responsible mutual business relationships with our contractural partners.