protraction

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noun pro·trac·tion \ -ˈtrak-shən \

Definition of protraction

1 :the act of protracting :the state of being protracted
2 :the drawing to scale of an area of land

Origin and Etymology of protraction

Late Latin protraction-, protractio act of drawing out, from protrahere


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protraction

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noun pro·trac·tion \ -ˈtrak-shən \

medical Definition of protraction

1 :the act of moving an anatomical part forward
2 :the state of being protracted; especially :protrusion of the jaws

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