|1.||the act of drawing or pulling, esp by motive power|
|2.||the state of being drawn or pulled|
|3.||med the application of a steady pull on a part during healing of a fractured or dislocated bone, using a system of weights and pulleys or splints|
|4.||the adhesive friction between a wheel and a surface, as between a driving wheel of a motor vehicle and the road|
|[C17: from Medieval Latin tractiō, from Latin tractus dragged; see |
traction trac·tion (trāk'shən)
The act of drawing or pulling.
A pulling force.
A sustained pull applied mechanically, especially to the arm, leg, or neck, to correct fractured or dislocated bones, to overcome muscle spasms, or to relieve pressure.
|traction (trāk'shən) Pronunciation Key