name: uterine 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 uterus. 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 uterus is a muscular organ of the female mammal for containing and usually for nourishing the young during development prior to birth." [GOC:sl]
synonym: "myometrial contraction" EXACT [GOC:sl]
synonym: "myometrial smooth muscle contraction" EXACT [GOC:sl]
synonym: "myometrium contraction" EXACT [GOC:sl]
is_a: GO:0006939 ! smooth muscle contraction
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