contractility

noun
con·​trac·​til·​i·​ty | \ ˌkän-ˌtrak-ˈtil-ət-ē How to pronounce contractility (audio) \
plural contractilities

Medical Definition of contractility

: the capability or quality of shrinking or contracting especially : the power of muscle fibers of shortening into a more compact form

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“Contractility.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/contractility. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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