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CONTRACTILE, a. Tending to contract; having the power of shortening or of drawing into smaller dimensions; as the contractile force of certain elastic bodies.
adjective Date: circa 1706 having or concerned with the power or property of contracting
adj. capable of or producing contraction. Derivatives: contractility n.
Contractile Con*tract"ile, a. [Cf. F. contractile.] tending to contract; having the power or property of contracting, or of shrinking into shorter or smaller dimensions; as, the contractile tissues. The heart's contractile force. --H. Brooke. Each cilium seems to be composed of contractile substance. --Hixley. Contractile vacuole (Zo["o]l.), a pulsating cavity in the interior of a protozoan, supposed to be excretory in function. There may be one, two, or more.