There are a lot of different types of contractions, but the most common are the dental contractions that you feel when you yawn or when you chew.

  • When you yawn, you experience dental contractions.

  • During chewing, you also experience contractions in your throat and mouth.

Definition of contractions


the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together


compression, condensation


(physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber)


muscle contraction, muscular contraction


a word formed from two or more words by omitting or combining some sounds


the act of decreasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope

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Example Sentences for contractions

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    Muscles expand and contract with an increasing vibrancy.

  • 2

    Shortening involves the contraction of the longitudinal muscle.

  • 3

    The higher the recruitment the stronger the muscle contraction will be.

  • 4

    This causes the abrupt contraction of the muscle fibers.

  • 5

    The movement of body structures is accomplished by the contraction of muscles.

  • 6

    An insincere smile only shows contraction of the zygomatic muscle.

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    In biology, galvanism is the contraction of a muscle that is stimulated by an electric current.

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    A neck spasm is an involuntary contraction of the muscles in the neck region.

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    This hormone contracts smooth muscle during parturition and lactation.

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    The combined effect of the myriad power strokes causes the muscle to contract.