re tractile


adjective Zoology.
capable of being drawn back or in, as the head of a tortoise; exhibiting the power of retraction.

1770–80; retract1 + -ile

retractility [ree-trak-til-i-tee] , noun
nonretractile, adjective
nonretractility, noun
subretractile, adjective Unabridged
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retractile (rɪˈtræktaɪl)
capable of being drawn in: the retractile claws of a cat

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retractile re·trac·tile (rĭ-trāk'tĭl, -tīl')
That can be drawn back or in, as the claws of a cat.

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