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 (trăk′təl, -tīl′)
Capable of being drawn out in length; ductile: a tractile metal.

[From Latin tractus, past participle of trahere, to draw.]

trac·til′i·ty (-tĭl′ĭ-tē) n.


capable of being drawn out; ductile
[C17: from Latin trahere to drag]
tractility n


(ˈtræk tɪl, -taɪl)

1. capable of being drawn out in length; ductile.
2. capable of being drawn.
[1620–30; < Latin trac-, variant s. of trahere to pull, draw + -tile]
trac•til′i•ty (-ˈtɪl ɪ ti) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.tractile - capable of being shaped or bent or drawn outtractile - capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out; "ductile copper"; "malleable metals such as gold"; "they soaked the leather to made it pliable"; "pliant molten glass"; "made of highly tensile steel alloy"
formed - having or given a form or shape
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For the respiratory function, the following symptoms were noted- asymmetric chest expansion, asymmetrical accessory muscles, increased or decreased tractile fremitus, increased or decreased breath sounds, increased or decreased vocal fremitus, as well as the nature of the breath sounds- either clear, with rales or wheezes.
Analysis of microvascular integrity, con tractile reserve, and myocardial viability after acute myocardial infarction by dobutamine echocardiography and myocardial contrast echocardiography.
It also showed that hemorrhagic shock resulted in myocardial con- tractile dysfunction following hemorrhagic shock and resuscitation which suggested that myocardial dysfunction was due to at least in part to the in- creased production of NO.