name: artery smooth muscle contraction
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def: "A process in which force is generated within smooth muscle tissue, resulting in a change in muscle geometry. This process occurs in the artery. Force generation involves a chemo-mechanical energy conversion step that is carried out by the actin/myosin complex activity, which generates force through ATP hydrolysis. The artery is a vessel carrying blood away from the heart." [GOC:mtg_muscle, MA:0000708, MSH:D001158]
is_a: GO:0014820 ! tonic smooth muscle contraction
is_a: GO:0014829 ! vascular associated smooth muscle contraction
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