Definition of Contractile

1. Adjective. Capable of contracting or being contracted. "The contractile wings of an insect"

Similar to: Contracted
Derivative terms: Contractility

Definition of Contractile

1. a. tending to contract; having the power or property of contracting, or of shrinking into shorter or smaller dimensions; as, the contractile tissues.

Definition of Contractile

1. Adjective. Capable of contracting, or of being contracted. ¹

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Definition of Contractile

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Contractile

1. Having the property of contracting. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Contractile

contracted foot
contracted heel
contracted kidney
contracted pelvis
contractile (current term)
contractile organ
contractile proteins
contractile ring
contractile stricture
contractile vacuole
contraction band
contraction band necrosis
contraction stress test

Literary usage of Contractile

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1868)
"Microscopical characters of the rhythmically contractile Muscular Coat of the Veins of the Bat's Wing, of the Lymphatic Hearts of the Frog, ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"... of the network appear to consist of contractile protoplasm, whilst m the latter they are described яч firm horny threads exuded by the spindle-cells. ..."

3. Principles of General Physiology by William Maddock Bayliss (1920)
"It is well known that, as far as its effect on the contractile function is concerned, it cannot be replaced by magnesium. Thus, if we replace -a normal ..."

4. A Manual of the Infusoria: Including a Description of All Known Flagellate by William Saville-Kent (1880)
"In the number of its contractile vesicles this species stands almost alone among those representatives of the class Infusoria with which we are as yet ..."

5. A Text Book of Physiology by Michael Foster (1893)
"THE contractile TISSUES. § 39. IN order that the blood may nourish the several tissues it is carried to and from them by the vascular mechanism ; and this ..."

6. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1853)
"[We copy the following interesting observations on the contractile tissue of the ... That this organ possessed contractile fibres was a matter of inference, ..."

7. Elements of Physiology by Joh. Müller (1843)
"OF THE MUSCULAR AND ANALOGOUS MOTIONS. I. Of the contractile tissues. ... Of the contractile vegetable tissue.—The most remarkable of the phenomena of ..."

8. Annals and Magazine of Natural History by William Jardine (1868)
"The embryos up to the moment when they commence their independent life remain in the envelope formed by the contractile tissue of the sponge, in which they ..."

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