[proh-trak-til, -tahyl, pruh-]
- capable of being protracted, lengthened, or protruded.
Origin of protractile
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Balbiani describes the buccal cavity as containing a protractile stylet.Parasites
T. Spencer Cobbold
Protrud′able, Protru′sile, protractile; Protru′sible, able to be protruded.
less commonly protractible
- able to be extended or protrudedprotractile muscle
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- That can be protracted; extensible, as of a limb.
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