premature contraction


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Related to premature contraction: premature atrial contraction, ventricular extrasystoles

ex·tra·sys·to·le

(eks'tră-sis'tō-lē),
A nonspecific word for an ectopic beat from any source in the heart.

premature contraction

Ectopic heartbeat, see there.
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48 yrs) hospitalized for premature contractions in pregnancy.
Obstetric complications occurred during 26 pregnancies, and included premature contractions in 9, vaginal bleeding in 5, dyspnea in 5, and premature rupture of membranes in 4.
The amniotic fluid she couldn't swallow was puddling inside the womb, causing premature contractions.
Physicians had prescribed magnesium sulfate either to prevent convulsions associated with the women's preeclampsia, a pregnancy-induced form of high blood pressure, or to stop premature contractions.
He sewed a stitch into the cervix to prevent it from opening and gave her the drug progesterone to stop premature contractions.