[kuh n-trak-tl, -til]
- capable of contracting or causing contraction.
Origin of contractile
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Examples from the Web for contractility
Galvanism was tried without the patient showing any contractility.
The contractility of the nerves was so strong that it could not be taken from him.Thunder and Lightning
It is produced by a loss of contractility of the intestinal wall.
The cell substance is irritable, and is endowed with the power of contractility.The Story of the Living Machine
H. W. Conn
We will close with a comparison between Glisson's irritability, and Bichat's contractility.
- having the power to contract or to cause contraction
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Word Origin and History for contractility
1706, from French contractile, from Latin contract-, past participle stem of contrahere (see contract (n.)). Related: Contractility. Contractile vacuole is from 1877.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Capable of contracting or causing contraction, as a tissue.
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