[kuh n-trak-tl, -til]
- capable of contracting or causing contraction.
Origin of contractile
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Examples from the Web for contractile
Their protoplasm is contractile and their form varies according to the species.The Sexual Question
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.Glaucus
It is to the contractile power of the muscles that you are indebted for this power.Mind Amongst the Spindles
- 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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Capable of contracting or causing contraction, as a tissue.
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