Definitions of contracture

  1. an abnormal and usually permanent contraction of a muscle Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A state of permanent rigidity or contraction of the muscles, generally of the flexor muscles. Newage Dictionary DB
  3. A permanent muscular contraction due to tonic spasm or to loss of muscular equilibrium, the antagonists being paralyzed. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  4. Contraction of muscles persisting after the stimulus has been removed, seen especially in strong direct stimulation, and as death approaches. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  5. [Latin] Contraction of muscles persisting after stimulus has been removed. na
  6. A condition of permanent contraction and rigidity, especially of a muscle. Essential c., Rheumatismal c., tetany. na
  7. Shortening and distortion; permanent, as from the shrinkage of muscles, or spasmodic, as from electric or sudden stimulus. American pocket medical dictionary.
  8. The condition of permanent contraction assumed by a muscle after prolonged and excessive stimulation or the similar condition observed after certain lesions of the central nervous system. [Lat.] Appleton's medical dictionary.