contractile

[ kuh n-trak-tl, -til ]
/ kənˈtræk tl, -tɪl /
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adjective

capable of contracting or causing contraction.

Nearby words

  1. contractarianism,
  2. contracted,
  3. contracted kidney,
  4. contracted pelvis,
  5. contractedly,
  6. contractile vacuole,
  7. contraction,
  8. contraction joint,
  9. contractive,
  10. contractively

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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British Dictionary definitions for contractile

contractile

/ (kənˈtræktaɪl) /

adjective

having the power to contract or to cause contraction
Derived Formscontractility (ˌkɒntrækˈtɪlɪtɪ), noun

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Word Origin and History for contractile

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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Medicine definitions for contractile

contractile

[ kən-trăktəl, -tīl′ ]

adj.

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


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