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Related to contractility: ejection fraction, myocardial contractility


 (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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