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Internal contraction due to extremely speedy boa? (7)

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I believe the answer is:

systole

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Here is my best explanation:

'internal contraction' is the definition.

'extremely speedy boa?' is the wordplay.
'extremely' means to remove the middle letters.
'boa?' becomes 'stole' (both can mean a scarf or shawl).
'speedy' with its middle removed is 'sy'.
'sy'+'stole'='SYSTOLE'

'due to' is the link.

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