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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Contractility  \Con`trac*til"i*ty\,  n. 
  1.  The  quality  or  property  by  which  bodies  shrink  or 
  contract. 
 
  2.  (Physiol.)  The  power  possessed  by  the  fibers  of  living 
  muscle  of  contracting  or  shortening. 
 
  Note:  When  subject  to  the  will  as  in  the  muscles  of 
  locomotion,  such  power  is  called  voluntary 
  contractility;  when  not  controlled  by  the  will  as  in 
  the  muscles  of  the  heart,  it  is  involuntary 
  contractility. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  contractility 
  n  :  the  capability  or  quality  of  shrinking  or  contracting  esp  by 
  muscle  fibers  and  even  some  other  forms  of  living  matter 




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