noun Pathology.
a shortening or distortion of muscular or connective tissue due to spasm, scar, or paralysis of the antagonist of the contracting muscle.

1650–60; < Latin contractūra, equivalent to contract(us) drawn together (past participle of contrahere; see contract) + -ūra -ure

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contracture (kənˈtræktʃə)
a disorder in which a skeletal muscle is permanently tightened (contracted), most often caused by spasm or paralysis of the antagonist muscle that maintains normal muscle tension

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1650s, from Fr. contracture, from L. contractura, from contractus, pp. of contrahere (see contract).
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contracture con·trac·ture (kən-trāk'chər)
An abnormal, often permanent shortening, as of muscle or scar tissue, that results in distortion or deformity, especially of a joint of the body.

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