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traction

noun [U] (PULLING)    /ˈtræk.ʃən/
specialized the pulling of a heavy load over a surface, or the power used in this: steam tractionPulling specialized a form of medical treatment that involves using special equipment to pull gently an injured part of the body, especially an arm or leg, for a long period of time: After her hip operation poor Mira was in/on traction for six weeks.Medical and surgical equipment
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