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 (dī-lāt′, dī′lāt′)
v. di·lat·ed, di·lat·ing, di·lates
To make wider or larger; cause to expand.
1. To become wider or larger; expand.
2. To speak or write at great length on a subject; expatiate.

[Middle English dilaten, from Old French dilater, from Latin dīlātāre, to enlarge : dī-, dis-, apart; see dis- + lātus, wide.]

di·lat′a·bil′i·ty n.
di·lat′a·ble adj.
di·lat′a·bly adv.
di·la′tive adj.
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The pupil is a dilatable and contractile opening that regulates the amount of light that reaches the retina.
As all the radiators are dilatable, they can accept variations of volume of oil generated by differences of temperature, thereby no conservative is needed, according to the statement.
35) used primary realignment in the treatment of 12 children with complete posterior urethral rupture and reported that the stricture developed in most of them was dilatable, and they concluded that if the stricture developed in children post-primary realignment was dilatable, primary urethral realignment should be the initial treatment of choice for such patients.