Definition of contracture in English:

contracture

noun

Medicine
  • A condition of shortening and hardening of muscles, tendons, or other tissue, often leading to deformity and rigidity of joints.

    • ‘In capsular contracture, scar tissue forms around the breast implant and contracts, which can result in pain and loss of breast contour.’
    • ‘During the immobilization of a fracture, all nonimmobilized parts must be moved to avoid stiffness, muscle atrophy and joint contractures.’
    • ‘General management of the arthritic process is important, with physiotherapy to prevent joint contracture.’
    • ‘This minimises the risk of wound contracture causing ectropion.’
    • ‘Forearm and lower leg measurements cross joints and could be affected by joint deformity such as contracture.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from French, or from Latin contractura, from Latin contract- drawn together from the verb contrahere.

Pronunciation:

contracture

/kənˈtrak(t)SHər/