Definition of contractile in English:

contractile

adjective

Physiology Biology
  • Capable of or producing contraction.

    ‘the contractile activity of the human colon’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The contractile activity in the distal esophagus was normal with propagating contractions of appropriate amplitude and duration.’
    • ‘Smooth muscle fibers usually contract slowly but are capable of sustained contractile activity.’
    • ‘Locomotor skeletal muscle protein synthesis is sensitive to contractile activity and rapidly decreases within the first hours of reduced use.’

Pronunciation:

contractile

/kənˈtraktʌɪl/