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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that retracts, as.
  • noun Anatomy A muscle, such as a flexor, that retracts an organ or a part.
  • noun Medicine A surgical instrument used to hold back organs or the edges of an incision.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who or that which retracts or draws back.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun In breech-loading firearms, a device for withdrawing a cartridge shell from the barrel.
  • noun (Surg.) An instrument for holding apart the edges of a wound during amputation.
  • noun (Surg.) A bandage to protect the soft parts from injury by the saw during amputation.
  • noun (Anat. & Zoöl.) A muscle serving to draw in any organ or part. See Illust. under phylactolæmata.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One who, or that which, retracts.
  • noun In breech-loading firearms, a device for withdrawing a cartridge shell from the barrel.
  • noun A surgical instrument used to hold apart the edges of an incision or wound.
  • noun chess A chess puzzle in which a number of moves are retracted and the solver is challenged to reach an alternate outcome.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun surgical instrument that holds back the edges of a surgical incision

Etymologies

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retract +‎ -or

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