[proh-trak-til, -tahyl, pruh-]
- capable of being protracted, lengthened, or protruded.
Origin of protractile
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Related Words for protractileapproaching, continual, continuing, continuous, endless, expansible, expansile, extendible, extensile, perpetual, stretch, ranging, spanning
Examples from the Web for protractile
Historical Examples of protractile
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.
less commonly protractible
- able to be extended or protrudedprotractile muscle
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- That can be protracted; extensible, as of a limb.
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