contractile

[kuh n-trak-tl, -til]

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 contractility

contractile

adjective
  1. having the power to contract or to cause contraction
Derived Formscontractility (ˌkɒntrækˈtɪlɪtɪ), noun
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Word Origin and History for contractility

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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contractility in Medicine

contractile

[kən-trăktəl, -tīl′]
adj.
  1. Capable of contracting or causing contraction, as a tissue.
Related formscon′trac•tili•ty (kŏn′trăk-tĭlĭ-tē) n.
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