retractile

[ ri-trak-til ]
/ rɪˈtræk tɪl /

adjective Zoology.

capable of being drawn back or in, as the head of a tortoise; exhibiting the power of retraction.

Nearby words

  1. retouch,
  2. retox,
  3. retrace,
  4. retract,
  5. retractable,
  6. retraction,
  7. retraction nystagmus,
  8. retractive,
  9. retractively,
  10. retractor

Origin of retractile

First recorded in 1770–80; retract1 + -ile

Related formsre·trac·til·i·ty [ree-trak-til-i-tee] /ˌri trækˈtɪl ɪ ti/, nounnon·re·trac·tile, adjectivenon·re·trac·til·i·ty, nounsub·re·trac·tile, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for nonretractile

retractile

/ (rɪˈtræktaɪl) /

adjective

capable of being drawn inthe retractile claws of a cat
Derived Formsretractility (ˌriːtrækˈtɪlɪtɪ), noun

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Medicine definitions for nonretractile

retractile

[ rĭ-trăktĭl, -tīl′ ]

adj.

That can be drawn back or in, as the claws of a cat.

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