Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Capable of expansion; possessing elasticity; elastic: as, a bladder is dilatable by the force of air; air is dilatable by heat.
- adj. That can be dilated
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Capable of expansion; that may be dilated; -- opposed to
- dilate + -able (Wiktionary)
“Chest and waist dilatable to suit your tastes and/or special needs!”
“Cixous and Kristeva that such writing is not hierarchal or oppositional but "other"; for Irigaray, woman's language "is continuous, compressible, dilatable, viscous, conductible, diffusable" (111).”
“Now, as the humors are rather uncontrollable (_male terminabiles_) fluids, they flow towards the exterior and softer parts, like the flesh and skin, which receive their moisture and being soft, dilatable and extensible, there results some swelling.”
“The nostrils differ in form and position in those two birds, and in the boatbill there exists beneath the lower mandible a dilatable pouch that we do not find in the balæniceps.”
“Many birds have the oesophagus or the skin of the neck more or less dilatable, but in no known bird is it so dilatable as in the pouter pigeon.”
“As a general rule, the urethra is much more dilatable, and capable consequently of receiving an instrument of much larger bore in the aged than in the adult.”
“On the other hand, the utmost degree of expansion of which the lungs are capable, exactly equals that degree in which the thoracic walls are dilatable by the muscular effort; and, therefore, between the extremes of inspiration and expiration, the lungs still hold closely applied to the costal parietes.”
“The length of the urethra varies at different ages and in different individuals, and its structure in the relaxed state is so very dilatable that it is not possible to estimate the width of its canal with fixed accuracy.”
“The prostatic portion (pars prostatica), the widest and most dilatable part of the canal, is about 3 cm. long, It runs almost vertically through the prostate from its base to its apex, lying nearer its anterior than its posterior surface; the form of the canal is spindle-shaped, being wider in the middle than at either extremity, and narrowest below, where it joins the membranous portion.”
“The membranous portion (pars membranacea) is the shortest, least dilatable, and, with the exception of the external orifice, the narrowest part of the canal.”
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