contractile

[ kuhn-trak-tl, -til ]
/ kənˈtræk tl, -tɪl /

adjective

capable of contracting or causing contraction.

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Origin of contractile

First recorded in 1700–10; contract + -ile

OTHER WORDS FROM contractile

con·trac·til·i·ty [kon-trak-til-i-tee], /ˌkɒn trækˈtɪl ɪ ti/, nounun·con·trac·tile, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for contractile

contractile
/ (kənˈtræktaɪl) /

adjective

having the power to contract or to cause contraction

Derived forms of contractile

contractility (ˌkɒntrækˈtɪlɪtɪ), noun
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Medical definitions for contractile

contractile
[ kən-trăktəl, -tīl′ ]

adj.

Capable of contracting or causing contraction, as a tissue.

Other words from contractile

con′trac•tili•ty (kŏn′trăk-tĭlĭ-tē) n.
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