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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Examples from the Web for contractility
Historical Examples of contractility
Galvanism was tried without the patient showing any contractility.
The contractility of the nerves was so strong that it could not be taken from him.
It is produced by a loss of contractility of the intestinal wall.
The cell substance is irritable, and is endowed with the power of contractility.
We will close with a comparison between Glisson's irritability, and Bichat's contractility.
British Dictionary definitions for contractility
Derived Formscontractility (ˌkɒntrækˈtɪlɪtɪ), noun
having the power to contract or to cause contraction
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Word Origin and History for contractility
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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contractility in Medicine
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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