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 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 Older children who are no longer in a car seat can become entangled by pulling a seat belt all the way out of the retractor or by playing with an unused seat belt. Maggie Rauser, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 10 Apr. 2021 Then, feed the excess webbing back into the retractor. Maggie Rauser, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 10 Apr. 2021 The vacuum, which weighs approximately 8 pounds, also features an automatic cord retractor and quick dust release on the side of the canister. Ambar Pardilla, NBC News, 8 Apr. 2021 The front seat belt retractor assemblies were built with the incorrect torsion bar. USA TODAY, 11 Dec. 2020 The front seat belt retractor assemblies were built with the incorrect torsion bar. Detroit Free Press, 11 Dec. 2020 The driver's seat belt retractor may not lock as intended during a crash. Detroit Free Press, 20 Oct. 2020 This pencil features a dual-action retractor that advances and retracts the tip to avoid any breakage in the lead. Popular Science, 2 Nov. 2020

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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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7 Jun 2021

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“Retractor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retractor. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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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