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 (kən-trăk′təl, -tīl′)
Capable of contracting or causing contraction: Muscle is a contractile tissue.

con′trac·til′i·ty (kŏn′trăk-tĭl′ĭ-tē) n.
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Noun1.contractility - the capability or quality of shrinking or contracting, especially by muscle fibers and even some other forms of living matter
ability - the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment
stypsis, astringency - the ability to contract or draw together soft body tissues to check blood flow or restrict secretion of fluids


n. contractilidad, capacidad de contraerse.
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Pharmacodynamic measures will include changes in established echocardiographic measures of cardiac contractility.
CEO of Impulse Dynamics, Dr Simos Kedikoglou, said the company is committed to developing its operations in China and making Cardiac Contractility Modulation therapy and the Optimizer system available to Chinese heart failure patients with the approved indication, with plans to start commercial sales in China.
The M mode echocardiographic image of a dog with distributive shock caused by pancreatitis showing the impairment in cardiac contractility can be seen in figure 2A.
These inflammatory mediators ultimately lead to coronary vasospasm, increased cardiac contractility and heart rate, increased platelet aggregation, and increased plaque disruption.
However, long-term hypocalcemia can seriously impair cardiac contractility and heart failure cannot be controlled without hypocalcemia.
Interventions are required to decrease both preload and afterload as well as to improve cardiac contractility and prevent precipitation of seizures preoperatively and postoperatively.
This finding suggested that patients with better cardiac contractility before treatment could be better benefited from [sz]-receptor blockade, and patients in the early stage of septic shock who still had good cardiac contractility could also be better benefited from [sz]-receptor blockade.
2) Adequate handling of the acute crisis is based on the control of cardiac contractility with stabilization of rhythm, rate, and arterial pressure.
Both excessive neurohormonal stimulation and energetic deficits with mitochondrial dysfunction lead to increased oxidative stress [21, 24] with production of excessive Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) and Reactive Nitrogen Species (RNS), widely recognized as promotors of both cardiac dysfunction and pathological remodeling of HF, which is characterized by altered excitation-contraction (EC) coupling with abnormally lower cardiac contractility and muscle relaxation velocities.
Hypothyroidism is recognised to cause many effects on the cardiovascular system, such as impaired cardiac contractility, decreased cardiac output, increased systemic vascular resistance, and cardiac atrophy.
2]-related chemoreceptor stimulation (to increase cardiac contractility and cause vasodilatation).
Excessive thyroid hormone production increased utilization of oxygen, increased blood flow, increased cardiac contractility, and increased cardiac output and heart rate.