muscular contraction

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Noun1.muscular 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
physiology - the branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms
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This process is effected by two methods: the air is swallowed, and is then forced into the cavity of the body, its return being prevented by a muscular contraction which is externally visible: but the water enters in a gentle stream through the mouth, which is kept wide open and motionless; this latter action must, therefore, depend on suction.
For example, Knight Dunlap contends that images are really muscular contractions,* and evidently regards our awareness of muscular contractions as not coming under the head of introspection.
After he had thrown himself for a few minutes to and fro convulsively on his bed, his nerveless arms fell quietly down; his head lay languidly on his pillow; his limbs, exhausted with excessive emotion, still trembled occasionally, agitated by muscular contractions; while from his breast faint and infrequent sighs still issued.
* Explain why the heat generated by muscular contraction affects performance
The results showed that the control group did the best, the group that contracted the muscles but did not stretch was second, the PNF group (which involved stretching and muscular contraction) was third, and the typical static stretching was last.
A maximal muscular contraction eliciting a greater relaxation response is called the inverse stretch reflex.
The patient was told to expect a tingling sensation beneath the electrodes during the treatment with muscular contraction occurring simultaneously and a comfortable warm sensation.
The lengthened and tight muscles are not functioning at optimal length, which reduces the force of muscular contraction and puts the muscles at greater risk of being strained.
Actin is an abundant cellular protein active in muscular contraction, cellular movement, and cell-shape maintenance in most organisms.
It is the muscular contraction that creates the force needed to move the limb through the ROM.
Before h sounded the alarm, wrote a leading Georgia surgeon, "congenital phimosis and adherent prepuce, as a cause of paralysis, reflex muscular contraction, curvature of the spine and acquired deformity, escaped the notice of the profession." Traditionally, doctors had described phimosis a local ailment.
In 1913 he found that heat was not developed nor was oxygen consumed during muscular contraction, but that both took place after contraction when the muscle was at rest.

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