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Pronunciation:  kun'trakshun

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  1. [n]  (physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber)
  2. [n]  a word formed from two or more words by omitting or combining some sounds; "`won't' is a contraction of `will not'"; "`o'clock' is a contraction of `of the clock'"
  3. [n]  the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together; "the contraction of a gas on cooling"

CONTRACTION is a 11 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: compression, condensation, muscular contraction
 See Also: Braxton-Hicks contraction, coarctation, constriction, contracture, false labor, shortening, shrinkage, shrinking, tetanus, uterine contraction, vaginismus, word



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Con*trac"tion\, n. [L. contractio: cf. F.
1. The act or process of contracting, shortening, or
   shrinking; the state of being contracted; as, contraction
   of the heart, of the pupil of the eye, or of a tendion;
   the contraction produced by cold.

2. (Math.) The process of shortening an operation.

3. The act of incurring or becoming subject to, as
   liabilities, obligation, debts, etc.; the process of
   becoming subject to; as, the contraction of a disease.

4. Something contracted or abbreviated, as a word or phrase;
   -- as, plenipo for plenipotentiary; crim. con. for
   criminal conversation, etc.

5. (Gram.) The shortening of a word, or of two words, by the
   omission of a letter or letters, or by reducing two or
   more vowels or syllables to one; as, ne'er for never;
   can't for can not; don't for do not; it's for it is.

6. A marriage contract. [Obs.] --Shak.

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Medical Dictionary
 Definition: The tightening or shortening of a muscle.
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