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guard·ing

(gard'ing),
A spasm of muscles to minimize motion or agitation of sites affected by injury or disease.

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guarding

Physical exam Involuntary muscle spasm elicited by fulminant acute peritonitis, leaving the anterior abdominal muscles in a state of tonic contraction, imparting a board-like consistency to the rectus abdominis muscles, distinguished from voluntary guarding, seen in 'ticklish' Pts. See Abdominal guarding.

guard·ing

(gahrd'ing)
A spasm of muscles to minimize motion or agitation of sites affected by injury or disease.

guarding

Reflex tightening of the muscles of the abdominal wall when pressed upon by the examining hand in the presence of underlying tenderness from inflammation. Guarding makes examination difficult but is, in itself, of diagnostic significance.

guarding (gärˑ·ding),

n 1. phenomenon in which muscles react to an injury to a joint, bone or ligament by contracting in order to form a protective splint.
2. a sign detected during physical pain whereby the patient involuntarily contracts muscles second to pain.

guard·ing

(gahrd'ing)
A spasm of muscles to minimize motion or agitation of sites affected by injury or disease.