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CONTRACTION. An abbreviation; a mode of writing or printing by which some of the letters of a word are omitted. See Abbreviations.

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The Mirror wrote in an online headline that 'Kate is not in labour - but Twitter is having Braxton Hicks contractions ahead of royal baby's arrival.
She revealed she had been getting Braxton Hicks contractions ever since, so feels like her body is getting ready for labour.
said she was having Braxton Hicks contractions on Monday afternoon, but wasn't quite sure she was in labor because she felt them in her abdomen more than her back.