Contractile
Contractile Con*tract"ile, a. [Cf. F. contractile.] tending to contract; having the power or property of contracting, or of shrinking into shorter or smaller dimensions; as, the contractile tissues. [1913 Webster]

The heart's contractile force. --H. Brooke. [1913 Webster]

Each cilium seems to be composed of contractile substance. --Hixley. [1913 Webster]

{Contractile vacuole} (Zo["o]l.), a pulsating cavity in the interior of a protozoan, supposed to be excretory in function. There may be one, two, or more. [1913 Webster]


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  • contractile — [ kɔ̃traktil ] adj. • 1755; du lat. contractus → 2. contracter ♦ Physiol. Qui peut se contracter. Fibre, muscle contractile. Organe contractile. ● contractile adjectif Se dit de muscles ou de tissus organiques qui peuvent se contracter.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • contractile — 1706, from Fr. contractile, from L. contract , pp. stem of contrahere (see CONTRACT (Cf. contract)). Related: Contractility. Contractile vacuole is from 1877 …   Etymology dictionary

  • contractile — [kən trak′til] adj. 1. having the power of contracting 2. producing contraction contractility [kän΄trak til′ə tē] n …   English World dictionary

  • contractile — (kon tra kti l ) adj. Terme de physiologie. Qui est susceptible de contraction, c est à dire de raccourcissement, et par conséquent capable de communiquer un mouvement. La fibre musculaire est contractile. REMARQUE    Bonnet a employé contractile …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • contractile — adjective Date: circa 1706 having or concerned with the power or property of contracting < contractile proteins of muscle fibrils > • contractility noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • CONTRACTILE — adj. des deux genres T. de Physiologie. Qui est susceptible de contraction. La fibre des muscles est contractile …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • CONTRACTILE — adj. des deux genres T. de Physiologie Qui est susceptible de contraction. La fibre des muscles est contractile …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • contractile — Having the property of contracting. * * * con·trac·tile kən trak təl, .tīl adj having or concerned with the power or property of contracting <contractile proteins of muscle fibrils> * * * con·trac·tile (kən trakґtīl) [con + L.… …   Medical dictionary

  • contractile — contractility /kon trak til i tee/, n. /keuhn trak tl, til/, adj. capable of contracting or causing contraction. [1700 10; CONTRACT + ILE] * * * …   Universalium

  • contractile — adjective Capable of contracting, or of being contracted …   Wiktionary

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