contracture

noun
con·​trac·​ture | \ kən-ˈtrak-chər How to pronounce contracture (audio) \

Definition of contracture

: a permanent shortening (as of muscle, tendon, or scar tissue) producing deformity or distortion

Examples of contracture in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to the Mayo Clinic, Dupuytren's contracture most commonly affects the pinky and ring fingers. Jenna West, SI.com, "John Elway Reveals 15-Year Battle With Dupuytren's Contracture," 22 Aug. 2019 Studies show that early and safe rehab, a healthy diet and regular recovery can speed up healing while reducing ankle and foot contractures and stiffness. Colin Hoobler, oregonlive, "Rodney Hood’s injury: How the healing process works for ruptured Achilles tendons," 9 Dec. 2019 According to the Mayo Clinic, there are more than 200,000 cases of Dupuytren’s contracture per year in the United States. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Broncos GM John Elway reveals hand condition on “Today” show," 22 Aug. 2019 Dupuytren’s contracture occurs most commonly after the age of 50 and men are more likely to have the issue. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Broncos GM John Elway reveals hand condition on “Today” show," 22 Aug. 2019 The condition, Dupuytren's contracture, involves a tendon pulling fingers into a bent position. Jenna West, SI.com, "John Elway Reveals 15-Year Battle With Dupuytren's Contracture," 22 Aug. 2019 Fifteen years ago, @johnelway was diagnosed with Dupuytren's contracture, a progressive medical condition that leads to hand disability. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Broncos GM John Elway reveals hand condition on “Today” show," 22 Aug. 2019 Fifteen years ago, @johnelway was diagnosed with Dupuytren's contracture, a progressive medical condition that leads to hand disability. Jenna West, SI.com, "John Elway Reveals 15-Year Battle With Dupuytren's Contracture," 22 Aug. 2019 One of the complications, which happens in about 5 percent of cases, is development of scar tissue called a contracture or stricture that can occlude the urine channel again, requiring more operations. Dr. Jared G. Heiner, idahostatesman, "A new treatment for an old prostate problem | Idaho Statesman," 6 May 2018

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1658, in the meaning defined above

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“Contracture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contracture. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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contracture

noun
con·​trac·​ture | \ kən-ˈtrak-chər How to pronounce contracture (audio) \

Medical Definition of contracture

: a permanent shortening (as of muscle, tendon, or scar tissue) producing deformity or distortion — see dupuytren's contracture

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