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Medical Dictionary


noun re·lax·ation
\ˌrē-ˌlak-ˈsā-shən, ri-ˌlak-, especially British ˌrel-ək-\

Medical Definition of RELAXATION

:  the act of relaxing or state of being relaxed <maximal abdominal relaxation was not evident until at least five minutes after the injection—Lancet>
:  the reduction of contractile force in a muscle or muscle fiber; especially :  the lengthening that typically characterizes inactive muscles or muscle fibers


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