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Definition of Compression

Compression: 1. The act of pressing together. As in a compression fracture, nerve compression, or spinal cord compression.
2. To shorten in time. In embryology, there may be compression of development with some stages even omitted.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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