from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The inherent property or force by which bodies shrink or contract; more specifically, in physiology, the property which belongs to muscles of contracting under appropriate stimuli.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The quality or property by which bodies shrink or contract.
- noun (Physiol.) The power possessed by the fibers of living muscle of contracting or shortening.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun The condition of being able to
contractor shrink(used especially of muscles)
- noun The extent to which something contracts or shrinks
- noun A term used in
physiologyto describe the performance of cardiac muscle
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun the capability or quality of shrinking or contracting, especially by muscle fibers and even some other forms of living matter
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When the muscles are put into action, what is termed their contractility is called into play — that is, the force which was dormant before is roused into activity.
When the muscles are put into action, what is termed their contractility is called into play -- that is, the force which was dormant before is roused into activity.
They possessed indeed properties, such as contractility, which were not inorganic, but as far as their visible structure was concerned there was little to raise them above the inorganic level.
Echocardiography found typical features of early recipient twin cardiomyopathy, with thickening and decreased contractility of the wall of the right ventricle and abnormal function (regurgitation) of the tricuspid valve connecting the right atrium to the right ventricle.
Austin JC, Chacko SK, DiSanto M, Canning DA, Zderic SA: A male murine model of partial bladder outlet obstruction reveals changes in detrusor morphology, contractility and myosin isoform expression.
Neurohumoral, cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating airway contractility
ISOM: An echocardiogram tells you about the valves and the thickness of the heart and the contractility, how well it's pumping.
ISOM: The echocardiogram tells you about the valves and the thickness of the heart and contractility how well it's pumping.
And not only was this gradually discovered, but it was found that these semifluid contents of the plant cell had, in many cases, a remarkable power of contractility quite like that of the substance of animals.
The movements of the lobster are due to muscular contractility.