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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

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

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This process is effected by two methods: the air is swallowed, and is then forced into the cavity of the body, its return being prevented by a muscular contraction which is externally visible: but the water enters in a gentle stream through the mouth, which is kept wide open and motionless; this latter action must, therefore, depend on suction.
Although the size of the drop in private nonfarm payroll employment was similar to that m previous contractions, the decline in real GNP during the current episode was relatively small.
By inhibiting the muscles' receptivity to stress hormones, Acetyl Hexapeptide allows facial muscles to remain relaxed while still allowing a full range of conscious contractions which are needed for non-verbal expressive communication (unlike the paralysis of Botox).
2003) Terminology for contractions of muscles during shortening, while isometric, and during lengthening.
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.
PeriCALM Patterns (TM) is patented, electronic fetal monitoring pattern recognition software that identifies and measures baseline, baseline variability, fetal heart rate decelerations and uterine contractions during labor.
Thus, in the present study we aimed to examine the effect of silymarin on the spontaneous or cholinergic agonist-induced contractions in the isolated whole bladder of rats with CYP-induced cystitis.
Because of its austere anatomy, researchers long assumed that the developing heart uses a mechanism called peristalsis, in which a series of muscle contractions move material from one end of a tube to the other.
The two essential controlling factors for increasing power in plyometrics are: a more rapid initial stretch, which generates more power in the muscle group moving in the opposite direction in the second phase of the action; and a shorter time between eccentric and concentric contractions.
The literature consensus is that claps are produced by contractions of the large phasic portion of the adductor muscle, whereas slow movements and maintenance of a given shell opening are achieved by the contraction of the smaller tonic portion (Chantler 1991, Wilkens 1981).
These exercises are periodic, voluntary contractions of the pelvic floor muscles that are designed to increase muscle tone.
For the first time since the early 1990's, the flow of real estate capital is undergoing a broad contraction.
Some hypothesized that there might be a benefit from the assurance and advice given by the nurses, and that the recorded contractions added little to any potential effect.
The expansion has carried film clips into video and has made video suffer some of the linear and coloristic contractions of film.
Muscle contractions in the colon push the stool toward the rectum.