contractile

adjective
con·​trac·​tile | \ kən-ˈtrak-tᵊl How to pronounce contractile (audio) , -ˌtī(-ə)l \

Definition of contractile

: having or concerned with the power or property of contracting contractile proteins of muscle fibrils

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contractility \ ˌkän-​ˌtrak-​ˈti-​lə-​tē How to pronounce contractile (audio) \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Sacromeres are made up of fibers called contractile proteins. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "Everything You Need to Know About Whether You Should Actually Bother Stretching," 19 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of contractile

circa 1706, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of contractile was circa 1706

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“Contractile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contractile. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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contractile

adjective
con·​trac·​tile | \ kən-ˈtrak-tᵊl, -ˌtīl How to pronounce contractile (audio) \

Medical Definition of contractile

: having or concerned with the power or property of contracting contractile proteins of muscle fibrils

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