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contractility

 [kon″trak-til´ĭ-te]
a capacity for shortening in response to suitable stimulus.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

con·trac·til·i·ty

(kon'trak-til'i-tē),
The ability or property of a substance, especially of muscle, of shortening, or becoming reduced in size, or developing increased tension.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

con·trac·til·i·ty

(kon'trak-til'i-tē)
The ability or property of a substance, especially of muscle, of shortening, or becoming reduced in size, or developing increased tension.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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These findings suggest that chemerin could not mediate the effects of [beta]1-AR and [beta]2-AR on heart contractility. This compound also plays no part in the regulation of heart rate.
Is the ejection fraction an index of myocardial contractility? Cardiologia 1968;53:1-10.
Though the LV contractility was preserved by conventional echocardiography, AFI derived GLPS was more sensitive parameter to assess longitudinal myocardial fibre dysfunction.
"Our findings indicate that fetal inflammation and rejection of maternal antigens can contribute to the signaling cascade that promotes uterine contractility and that aberrant fetal immune responses should be considered in the pathogenesis of PTL," the authors write.
performance causing a lower contractility of cardiomyocytes [4, 5].
Caption: Figure 3: Apical 2 chamber view captured at end systole showing basal and apical akinesis with preserved contractility of the mid ventricular segments.
Both the groups were comparable regarding detrusor contractility, bladder outlet obstruction, bladder capacity, and urine maximum flow rate.
This finding is also supported by the use of myocardial performance index (MPI) in order to evaluate global cardiac contractility, since it was demonstrated that an altered MPI is the earliest echocardiographic change in DCM, with recorded higher values in DCM patients compared with controls [10].
Serio, "D1 receptors play a major role in the dopamine modulation of mouse ileum contractility," Pharmacological Research, vol.
Previous randomized controlled trial have shown that restoration of vitamin D levels to normal significantly improves muscle contractility and walking capacity and reduces the rate of fall in elderly population.21
In a study of misoprostol stimulation of uterine contractility as measured by an intrauterine pressure catheter, buccal administration resulted in higher peak uterine tone than rectal administration (49 vs 31 mm Hg).