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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 domestic economy is expected to fall deeper into a contraction by 1,7 per cent during 2019 before recovering to positive growth in 2020, the Bank of Namibia (BoN) said.
Mothers-to-be should be aware how to differentiate true labor from false labor or Braxton-Hicks contractions. Here are some of them: shortening of the timed interval between each contraction; increasing intensity of contractions as labor progresses; and, increasing duration of each contraction, about 30-70 seconds.
'While waiting [for] more intense contractions, watching videos of this boy is helping me get through,' stated Villania.
In this paper we consider the case that [f.sub.1], ..., [f.sub.N] are weak contractions. Iterated function systems driven by weak contractions are considered in [AF04, Ha85-1, Ha85-2, L04], for example.
Phase synchronization index in the alpha (8~12Hz) and beta (15~35Hz) frequency bands, as well as power, fractal dimension, and sample entropy during pre- and postfatigue contractions were tested using paired sample t-tests.
As shown in Figures 6(a) and 6(b), both TEA (a nonselective blocker of [K.sup.+] channels) and paxilline (a selective blocker of BK channels) enhanced ACh-induced contractions, which were relaxed drastically by CEAA.
The neuromuscular activity during muscle contraction has been studied in depth by means of electromyography (EMG) and mechanomyography (MMG) signals (e.g., [1, 2]).
Contractions and symbols are easily located in both print-to-braille and braille-to-print formats.
Research conducted under NCHRP Project 24-34 clearly indicates that of the three primary scour components (pier, contraction, and abutment), the contraction scour equations exhibit, by far, the least amount of reliability in terms of 1) the conditional probability that the contraction scour estimate will be exceeded during the design event, and 2) the unconditional probability that the contraction scour estimate will be exceeded during the life of the bridge.
Specifically, this study proposed that the ligaments of scallop species that show a vigorous escape response, as reflected by high rates of phasic contractions, should have greater resilience than those of species with a weaker escape response.