protractile


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pro·trac·tile

 (prō-trăk′təl, -tīl′, prə-) also pro·tract·i·ble (-tə-bəl)
adj.
Capable of being protracted; extensible: protractile limbs and claws.

pro′trac·til′i·ty (prō′trăk-tĭl′ĭ-tē) n.

protractile

(prəˈtræktaɪl) or less commonly

protractible

adj
(Zoology) able to be extended or protruded: protractile muscle.

pro•trac•tile

(proʊˈtræk tɪl, -taɪl, prə-)

adj.
capable of being protracted, lengthened, or protruded.
[1820–30]
pro`trac•til′i•ty, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.protractile - able to be extended; "protractile muscle"
extensible, extensile - capable of being protruded or stretched or opened out; "an extensile tongue"; "an extensible measuring rule"

protractile

adjective
Capable of being extended or expanded:
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Premaxilla protractile, with well-developed ascending process.
Mouth large, superior: upper jaw protractile, with elaborate cartilages supporting premaxilla (Pietsch, 1984); lower jaw projecting, mandible with strong and sharp symphyseal process.