• A reversible reduction in size.
  • A period of economic decline or negative growth.
  • A shortening of a muscle during its use.
  • A strong and often painful shortening of the uterine muscles prior to or during childbirth.
  • A process whereby one or more sounds of a free morpheme (a word) are lost or reduced, such that it becomes a bound morpheme (a clitic) that attaches phonologically to an adjacent word.
  • A word with omitted letters replaced by an apostrophe, usually resulting from the above process.
  • A shorthand symbol indicating an omission for the purpose of brevity.
  • The process of contracting a disease.
  • Syncope, the loss of sounds from within a word.
  • The acquisition of something, generally negative.
  • A distinct stage of wound healing, wherein the wound edges are gradually pulled together.


Opposite words


  • From Middle English contraccioun, contraxion, from Old French contraction, from Latin contractiƍ. Equivalent to contract + -ion

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