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protractile

[proh-trak-til, -tahyl, pruh-] /proʊˈtræk tɪl, -taɪl, prə-/
adjective
1.
capable of being protracted, lengthened, or protruded.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; protract + -ile
Related forms
protractility, noun
nonprotractile, adjective
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Examples for protractile
  • They have small protractile mouths and a continuous dorsal fin.
British Dictionary definitions for protractile

protractile

/prəˈtræktaɪl/
adjective
1.
able to be extended or protruded protractile muscle
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protractile in Medicine

protractile pro·trac·tile (prō-trāk'təl, -tīl', prə-) or pro·tract·i·ble (-tə-bəl)
adj.
That can be protracted; extensible, as of a limb.

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