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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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Neither TN nor sham-TN had effect on the incidence of paradoxical contractions of the anorectum (P > 0.05, resp.).
Is paradoxical contraction of puborectalis muscle of functional importance?
Nevertheless, a wide neck, the absence of normal ventricular layers and paradoxical contraction point to the presence of an aneurysm (4).