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inactivity; inability to move spontaneously.
colonic inertia weak muscular activity of the colon, leading to distention of the organ and constipation.
uterine inertia sluggishness of uterine contractions in labor.
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A decreased rate or frequency of bowel activity, often associated with constipation.
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