retractor

noun
re·​trac·​tor | \ ri-ˈtrak-tər How to pronounce retractor (audio) \

Definition of retractor

: one that retracts: such as
a : a surgical instrument for holding open the edges of a wound
b : a muscle that draws in an organ or part

Examples of retractor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The driver's seat belt emergency locking retractor may not lock as intended. USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2022 The front passenger seat belt automatic locking retractor (ALR) may deactivate early, which can prevent the child restraint system from securing properly. Detroit Free Press, 14 Aug. 2021 The front passenger seat belt automatic locking retractor (ALR) may deactivate early, which can prevent the child restraint system from securing properly. Detroit Free Press, 14 Aug. 2021 The front passenger seat belt automatic locking retractor (ALR) may deactivate early, which can prevent the child restraint system from securing properly. Detroit Free Press, 14 Aug. 2021 The front passenger seat belt automatic locking retractor (ALR) may deactivate early, which can prevent the child restraint system from securing properly. Detroit Free Press, 14 Aug. 2021 The front passenger seat belt automatic locking retractor (ALR) may deactivate early, which can prevent the child restraint system from securing properly. USA TODAY, 12 Aug. 2021 The seat belt retractor spool sleeve may be cracked, allowing broken pieces to block the seat belt from retracting. Detroit Free Press, 14 May 2021 Most seat belts have a locking mechanism that is activated when the seat belt is pulled all the way out from the retractor. Maggie Rauser, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 10 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of retractor

1615, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of retractor was in 1615

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13 Jul 2022

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“Retractor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retractor. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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retractor

noun
re·​trac·​tor | \ ri-ˈtrak-tər How to pronounce retractor (audio) \

Medical Definition of retractor

: one that retracts: as
a : any of various surgical instruments for holding tissues away from the field of operation
b : a muscle that draws in an organ or part — compare protractor

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Britannica English: Translation of retractor for Arabic Speakers

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