Definitions

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  • n. The condition of being able to contract or shrink (used especially of muscles)
  • n. The extent to which something contracts or shrinks
  • n. A term used in physiology to describe the performance of cardiac muscle

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or property by which bodies shrink or contract.
  • n. The power possessed by the fibers of living muscle of contracting or shortening.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The inherent property or force by which bodies shrink or contract; more specifically, in physiology, the property which belongs to muscles of contracting under appropriate stimuli.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the capability or quality of shrinking or contracting, especially by muscle fibers and even some other forms of living matter

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