contraction

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  • noun

Synonyms for contraction

Synonyms for contraction

(physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber)

the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together

a word formed from two or more words by omitting or combining some sounds

Related Words

the act of decreasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope

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Braxton Hicks contractions are irregular, usually painless uterine contractions that tend to occur from around the middle of your pregnancy and increase in frequency as your due date nears.
Apparently I have in the future to look forward to constant back ache, possible high blood pressure, something called Braxton Hicks contractions, insomnia, leg cramps, heartburn, shortness of breath and the little blighter keeping me awake by kicking me in the bladder/intestines/stomach etc.
Patients do not know the difference between so-called Braxton Hicks contractions and the real thing.
Kirsty, 26, said: "I started having Braxton Hicks contractions the previous evening but they were not progressing into anything and were irregular.