noun \ri-ˈtrak-shən\

: a statement saying that something you said or wrote at an earlier time is not true or correct

: the act of moving something back into a larger part that usually covers it : the act of retracting something

Full Definition of RETRACTION

:  an act of recanting; specifically :  a statement made by one retracting
:  an act of retracting :  the state of being retracted
:  the ability to retract

Examples of RETRACTION

  1. His charges were false, and he was forced to make a retraction.
  2. the retraction of the plane's landing gear

First Known Use of RETRACTION

14th century


noun \ri-ˈtrak-shən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of RETRACTION

: an act or instance of retracting; specifically : backward or inward movement of an organ or part <retraction of the nipple or skin overlying the tumor—Journal of the American Medical Association>


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