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Definitions of contractility

  1. the capability or quality of shrinking or contracting esp by muscle fibers and even some other forms of living matter Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the capability or quality of shrinking or contracting, especially by muscle fibers and even some other forms of living matter Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. The quality or property by which bodies shrink or contract. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. The power possessed by the fibers of living muscle of contracting or shortening. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. The inherent quality or force by which bodies shrink or contract. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. Inherent quality or force by which some bodies shrink or contract. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  7. The power by which muscle-fibres are enabled to contract. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.

Usage examples for contractility

  1. In addition, all animals manifest those transitory changes of form which we class under irritability and contractility and, it is more than probable, that when the vegetable world is thoroughly explored, we shall find all plants in possession of the same powers, at one time or other of their existence. – Autobiography and Selected Essays by Thomas Henry Huxley
  2. By means of their contractility these pigment cells can stretch out their processes while in a state of contraction. – Psychotherapy by James J. Walsh
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