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protractile

[proh-trak-til, -tahyl, pruh-]
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adjective
  1. capable of being protracted, lengthened, or protruded.
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Origin of protractile

First recorded in 1820–30; protract + -ile
Related formspro·trac·til·i·ty, nounnon·pro·trac·tile, adjective
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Examples from the Web for protractile

Historical Examples

  • Balbiani describes the buccal cavity as containing a protractile stylet.

    Parasites

    T. Spencer Cobbold

  • Protrud′able, Protru′sile, protractile; Protru′sible, able to be protruded.


British Dictionary definitions for protractile

protractile

less commonly protractible

adjective
  1. able to be extended or protrudedprotractile muscle
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protractile in Medicine

protractile

(prō-trăktəl, -tīl′)
adj.
  1. That can be protracted; extensible, as of a limb.
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