Origin of contractile
Related formscon·trac·til·i·ty [kon-trak-til-i-tee] /ˌkɒn trækˈtɪl ɪ ti/, nounun·con·trac·tile, adjective
First recorded in 1700–10; contract
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Historical Examples of contractile
Their protoplasm is contractile and their form varies according to the species.
They are contractile, and propagated by spontaneous division, or fission.
The general tissue is transparent, glossy, cellular, and contractile.
The polype is remarkable for the protrusion and contractile power of its lips.
It is to the contractile power of the muscles that you are indebted for this power.
British Dictionary definitions for contractile
Derived Formscontractility (ˌkɒntrækˈtɪlɪtɪ), noun
having the power to contract or to cause contraction
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Word Origin and History for contractile
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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Related formscon′trac•til′i•ty (kŏn′trăk-tĭl′ĭ-tē) n.
Capable of contracting or causing contraction, as a tissue.
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