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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Eyes are large and well apparent; mouth is widely protractile.
They are territorial fishes with solitary habits that preferentially inhabit the bottom of water bodies, and whose feeding is diverse in the adult stage, including gastropods, arthropods, plant debris, sediments, algae and other items sorted with their protractile mouth.