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.
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The heart's contractile force.
H. Brooke.
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Each cilium seems to be composed of contractile substance.
Hixley.
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Contractile vacuole (Zol.), a pulsating cavity in the interior of a protozoan, supposed to be excretory in function. There may be one, two, or more.
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