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Contraction may refer to:


  • Contraction (grammar), a shortened version of the write and spoken forms of a word, syllable, or word group
  • Poetic contraction, the omission of letters in a word for poetic reasons
  • Elision, the omission of one or more sounds in a word or phrase
  • Synalepha, merging of two syllables into one
    • Synaeresis, combination of two adjacent vowels within a word into a single syllable
    • Crasis, merger of two vowels or diphthongs into one new vowel or diphthong



  • Muscle contraction, the physiological condition of a muscle which generates tension (traction) at its origin and insertion.
  • Contractility, the intrinsic ability of the heart/myocardium to contract
  • Wound contraction, a stage in wound healing

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