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- n. The quality or degree of being contractible.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Capability of being contracted; quality of being contractible.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Capability of being contracted; the property of admitting of contraction: as, the contractibility and dilatability of air.
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Rough and repulsive in appearance, and sluggish in habit, it has great power of contractibility.
The four properties of irritability, contractibility, assimilation, and reproduction, belong to these vital units -- the cells, and it is these properties which we are trying to trace to their source as a foundation of vital activity.
Cells are endowed with the properties of irritability, contractibility, assimilation and reproduction, and it is thus plainly to the study of cells that we must look for an interpretation of life phenomena.
But simple as it was it had all the fundamental properties of living things -- irritability, contractibility, assimilation, and reproduction.
This early sucking of the child accomplishes another purpose besides the obtaining of this important laxative -- it also reflexly increases the contractibility of the muscles of the womb, which is an exceedingly important service just at this time.
It may be argued, fairly, that this is only an incidental result of the extreme muscular irritability and contractibility of the organs, which might have been caused on Lamarckian as well as on the Darwinian hypothesis.
In the wasted bodies of those who have suffered starvation, the muscles are shrunk and unnaturally soft, and have lost their contractibility; all those parts of the body which were capable of entering into the state of motion have served to protect the remainder of the frame from the destructive influence of the atmosphere.
What is contractibility without muscular fibre, or secretion without a secreting gland?
Wood made other major research contributions to gynaecology, previously the Cinderella of medical research, adding to knowledge of uterine contractibility, the psychological effects of hysterectomy, and the corpus luteum's role in ovulation and pregnancy.
It is now generally believed, that every part of the arterial system is endowed with irritability, or a power of contracting on the application of a stimulus, and that the blood acting on this contractibility, if the term may be allowed, causes contraction; and that the alternate relaxation and contraction gives the phenomenon pulsation. 2d.
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