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contraction,

in physics: see expansionexpansion,
in physics, increase in volume resulting from an increase in temperature. Contraction is the reverse process. When heat is applied to a body, the rate of vibration and the distances between the molecules composing it are increased and, hence, the space occupied by the
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contraction,

in writing: see abbreviationabbreviation,
in writing, arbitrary shortening of a word, usually by cutting off letters from the end, as in U.S. and Gen. (General). Contraction serves the same purpose but is understood strictly to be the shortening of a word by cutting out letters in the middle, the omission
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contraction

[kən′trak·shən]
(graphic arts)
A microfilm defect in the form of a compressed image that occurs when the film speed is reduced as the document passes through a rotary microfilmer.
(mathematics)
A function f from a metric space to itself for which there is a constant K that is less than 1 such that, for any two elements in the space, a and b, the distance between f (a) and f (b) is less than K times the distance between a and b.
(mechanics)
The action or process of becoming smaller or pressed together, as a gas on cooling.
(physiology)
Shortening of the fibers of muscle tissue.
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contraction

Of concrete, the sum of volume changes occurring as the result of all processes affecting the bulk volume of a mass of concrete.
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contraction

1. Physiol any normal shortening or tensing of an organ or part, esp of a muscle, e.g. during childbirth
2. Pathol any abnormal tightening or shrinking of an organ or part
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The muscle was stimulated at 100 Hz to cause tetanic contraction. During tetanic contraction via a skin electrode, ECs were performed 10 times as a single bout with simultaneous forced dorsiflexion of the ankle joint (velocity, 15[degrees]/s; range of motion, from 0[degrees] to 45[degrees]).
The symptoms includes cramps, tingling sensation, paresthesia, tetanic contractions, seizures, muscle spasms, and prolong QT interval prolongation on electrocardiogram.7 The most common cause of postthyroidectomy is injury to parathyroid gland.
More tetanic contractions are required for activating glucose transport maximally in trained muscle.