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contractile

[kuh n-trak-tl, -til]
adjective
  1. capable of contracting or causing contraction.
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Origin of contractile

First recorded in 1700–10; contract + -ile
Related formscon·trac·til·i·ty [kon-trak-til-i-tee] /ˌkɒn trækˈtɪl ɪ ti/, nounun·con·trac·tile, adjective
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Historical Examples of contractile

  • Their protoplasm is contractile and their form varies according to the species.

    The Sexual Question

    August Forel

  • They are contractile, and propagated by spontaneous division, or fission.

    The Ocean World:

    Louis Figuier

  • The general tissue is transparent, glossy, cellular, and contractile.

    The Ocean World:

    Louis Figuier

  • The polype is remarkable for the protrusion and contractile power of its lips.

    Glaucus

    Charles Kingsley

  • It is to the contractile power of the muscles that you are indebted for this power.


British Dictionary definitions for contractile

contractile

adjective
  1. having the power to contract or to cause contraction
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Derived Formscontractility (ˌkɒntrækˈtɪlɪtɪ), noun
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Word Origin and History for contractile

adj.

1706, from French contractile, from Latin contract-, past participle stem of contrahere (see contract (n.)). Related: Contractility. Contractile vacuole is from 1877.

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contractile in Medicine

contractile

(kən-trăktəl, -tīl′)
adj.
  1. Capable of contracting or causing contraction, as a tissue.
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Related formscon′trac•tili•ty (kŏn′trăk-tĭlĭ-tē) n.
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