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  • adj. That can be dilated

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of expansion; that may be dilated; -- opposed to contractible

from The 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.


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dilate +‎ -able


  • Chest and waist dilatable to suit your tastes and/or special needs!

    Regretsy – Xena in the Huose

  • 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).

    My Name Was Martha: A Renaissance Woman's Autobiographical Poem

  • 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.

    Gilbertus Anglicus Medicine of the Thirteenth Century

  • 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.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 829, November 21, 1891

  • 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.

    On the Genesis of Species

  • 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.

    Surgical Anatomy

  • 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.

    Surgical Anatomy

  • 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.

    Surgical Anatomy

  • 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.

    XI. Splanchnology. 3b. 4. The Male Urethra

  • The membranous portion (pars membranacea) is the shortest, least dilatable, and, with the exception of the external orifice, the narrowest part of the canal.

    XI. Splanchnology. 3b. 4. The Male Urethra


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