muscle contraction

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Noun1.muscle contraction - (physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber)
shortening - act of decreasing in length; "the dress needs shortening"
contracture - an abnormal and usually permanent contraction of a muscle
tetanus - a sustained muscular contraction resulting from a rapid series of nerve impulses
uterine contraction - a rhythmic tightening in labor of the upper uterine musculature that contracts the size of the uterus and pushes the fetus toward the birth canal
Braxton-Hicks contraction, false labor - painless contractions of the muscles of the uterus that continue throughout pregnancy with increasing frequency
vaginismus - muscular contraction that causes the vagina to close; usually an anxiety reaction before coitus or pelvic examination
physiology - the branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms
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3 whereas the deformation or the contraction of muscle introduced to the sensing device by means of the elastic modulus of materials, which caused the wavelength shift ([DELTA][lambda]) in the peak spectrum of signals and described [8] by 2,
The required energy is provided by the contraction of muscle glycogenolysis.
These proteins also affect the contraction of muscle cells within the uterus during childbirth and potentially may suppress cancer cells.
During physical effort, through the contraction of muscle structures energy is consumed.
The electrodes are attached to the EPG, which stimulates the diaphragm, causing a contraction of muscle.
Resistance training can increase the size of the muscle--but it can also enhance the nervous system's ability to coordinate the contraction of muscle fibers, which also contributes to greater force.
This constant contraction of muscle while you exercise works your muscles twice as hard as normal.