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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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