- High resistance to passive stretch of a muscle, resulting from fibrosis of the tissue supporting the muscles or the joints, or from disorder of the muscle fibers.
Definition from: CRISP Thesaurus via Unified Medical Language System at the National Library of Medicine
- A permanent shortening (as of muscle, tendon, or scar tissue) producing deformity or distortion.
Definition from: Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary by Merriam-Webster Inc.
See also Understanding Medical Terminology.