Definitions for contracturekənˈtræk tʃər
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an abnormal persistent flexing of a muscle or tendon at a joint, usu. caused by a shortening or scarring of tissue.
Origin of contracture:
1650–60; < L
an abnormal and usually permanent contraction of a muscle
An abnormal, sometimes permanent, contraction of a muscle; a deformity so caused
a state of permanent rigidity or contraction of the muscles, generally of the flexor muscles
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Prolonged shortening of the muscle or other soft tissue around a joint, preventing movement of the joint.