[proh-trak-til, -tahyl, pruh-]


capable of being protracted, lengthened, or protruded.

Origin of protractile

First recorded in 1820–30; protract + -ile
Related formspro·trac·til·i·ty, nounnon·pro·trac·tile, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for protractile


less commonly protractible


able to be extended or protrudedprotractile muscle
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Medicine definitions for protractile


[prō-trăktəl, -tīl′]


That can be protracted; extensible, as of a limb.
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