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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Seizure duration was recorded in seconds from the start of electrical impulse to the end of clonic contraction using hand held stop watch.
Clonic contractions are usually asymmetrical and unilateral (9).