Definition of Retractile

1. Adjective. Capable of retraction; capable of being drawn back. "Cats have retractile claws"

Similar to: Retractable
Antonyms: Nonretractile



Definition of Retractile

1. a. Capable of retraction; capable of being drawn back or up; as, the claws of a cat are retractile.

Definition of Retractile

1. Adjective. That can be retracted (as a cat's claws) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Retractile

1. tractile [adj] - See also: tractile

Medical Definition of Retractile

1. CApable of retraction; capable of being drawn back or up; as, the claws of a cat are retractile. Origin: Cf. F. -retractile. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Retractile

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Literary usage of Retractile

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

1. Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge by Charles Knight (1843)
"... both feet truly retractile, and furnished with the retractile ligaments ; those of the anterior limbs being also acute, both at their points and edges. ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"... lenti/ormis (fig. в, D, E, and r), the adult female of which is entirely devoid of cilia but possesses a sort of retractile hood ; the ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"The claws of many geckos are " retractile," like those of cats; the adhesive lamellae on the under side of their digits have already been described (see ..."

4. A Catalogue of the British Non-parasitical Worms in the Collection of the by George Johnston (1865)
"They are usually jointed at the base, and are not retractile. ... 8 t & 9 t) are the soft setaceous or filiform non- retractile processes which arise from ..."

5. The English Cyclopaedia by Charles Knight (1870)
"Column long, slender, cylindrical, divided into three distinct regions, of which the two terminal are retractile within the central one. ..."

6. The Cat: An Introduction to the Study of Backboned Animals, Especially Mammals by St. George Jackson Mivart (1881)
"Its claws are retractile, but it does not walk like the cat on its toes, but applies nearly the whole plantar and palmar surfaces to the ground. ..."

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