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contractile Line breaks: con|tract|ile
Pronunciation: /kənˈtraktʌɪl/

Definition of contractile in English:


Biology & Physiology
Capable of or producing contraction: the contractile activity of the human colon
More 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.


Pronunciation: /kɒntrakˈtɪlɪti/
Example sentences
  • 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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