adjectiveBiology & Physiology
- Capable of or producing contraction: the contractile activity of the human colonMore example sentences
- Smooth muscle fibers usually contract slowly but are capable of sustained contractile activity.
- Good correlation exists between findings in vitro and the observed contractile properties in vivo.
- Smooth muscle cells possess a contractile apparatus consisting of actin and myosin filaments and the cytoskeleton.
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- Hypercapnia can also decrease respiratory muscle contractility, leading to a vicious circle of carbon dioxide retention.
- Activation of the adrenergic system triggers the release of catecholamines, which stimulate contractility, heart rate, and blood pressure and promote myocyte hypertrophy.
- Studies performed in undernourished patients without respiratory disease have suggested that malnutrition may impair skeletal muscle contractility.
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