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Tending or serving to retract.

re·trac′tive·ly adv.
re·trac′tive·ness n.


(rɪˈtræk tɪv)

tending or serving to retract.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Old French]
re•trac′tive•ly, adv.
re•trac′tive•ness, n.
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At a fixed MBA content the mass swelling ratio increased considerably with increasing the amount of HEC (and consequently gel porosity), as found by other authors for poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (pNiPAAm) hydrogels [30], Probably macroporosity and pore interconnectivity reduce the network ability to develop retractive forces opposing solvent swelling, thus allowing the gels to achieve larger equilibrium volumes.
Ponsetti concluded that retractive fibrosis akin to torticollis; Dupuytren's contracture might be primary etiological factor in clubfoot.
This variable add-on produces the high bond strengths needed to secure the ends of elastic to a nonwoven garment while helping retain retractive forces in the center of the elastic strand.
T he polarized retractive index of LC molecules in the direction along the X-axis and Y -axis can be obtained by the following formula [23, 24]:
Part 3, "Antebellum/Postbellum," section 2 ("Whitman: From Sayer-Doer to Sayer-Copyist" [140-154]), examines "the demise of effective speech" over the course of Whitman's career, which began in 1855 with "Whitman's embrace of speech's agency" as he "foregrounds utterance as the 'mightiest of the sciences,' the single force capable of righting America's course," creating poems that are "unprecedented in their self-reference to the act of speech," before he produces "a round of retractive alterations in Leaves of Grass" that reveal a "demotion or contraction of language, from agency to scrivener-like copying.
Almost as literal, an earlier articulated wood wall piece, Pantografico #2, 2011, from the series "Metamericos," 2008-, shows the same expansive and retractive system in a piece that is less industrial-looking due to the material as well as its more intimate scale, An articulated armlike Contraption that protrudes from the wall and hangs down to the ground, the piece can be extended and compressed to form different compositions.
Therefore, through the reduction of retractive force on the skin flap, the Lazy Lateral incision may decrease the rate of skin flap necrosis and reduce the risk of vascular supply complications in SSM.
While the suction provides a leaning retractive force, a grasper-type instrument is able to provide retraction in a pulling fashion, allowing for retraction at different angles and forces.
But, there is a need for skill development as India has only limited labour resources for highly engineered products, besides there is a huge amount of energy paucity and lack of access to infrastructure and logistics and retractive change of rules is the biggest roadblock to manufacturing in India.
By simply applying a low elastic traction force, the retractive characteristics of skin are reversed and the viscoelasticity of skin regained, permitting a low-tension primary closure of the defect.