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retractile

[ri-trak-til]
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adjective Zoology.
  1. capable of being drawn back or in, as the head of a tortoise; exhibiting the power of retraction.

Origin of retractile

First recorded in 1770–80; retract1 + -ile
Related formsre·trac·til·i·ty [ree-trak-til-i-tee] /ˌri trækˈtɪl ɪ ti/, nounnon·re·trac·tile, adjectivenon·re·trac·til·i·ty, nounsub·re·trac·tile, adjective
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retractile

adjective
  1. capable of being drawn inthe retractile claws of a cat
Derived Formsretractility (ˌriːtrækˈtɪlɪtɪ), noun
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retractile in Medicine

retractile

(rĭ-trăktĭl, -tīl′)
adj.
  1. That can be drawn back or in, as the claws of a cat.
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