protractile

[ proh-trak-til, -tahyl, pruh- ]
/ proʊˈtræk tɪl, -taɪl, prə- /

adjective

capable of being protracted, lengthened, or protruded.

Origin of protractile

First recorded in 1820–30; protract + -ile

Related forms

pro·trac·til·i·ty, nounnon·pro·trac·tile, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for protractile

protractile

less commonly protractible

/ (prəˈtræktaɪl) /

adjective

able to be extended or protrudedprotractile muscle
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Medicine definitions for protractile

protractile

[ prō-trăktəl, -tīl′ ]

adj.

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