n. [L. cum, together; trahere, to draw]
The capability of muscle fibers to contract.

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  • contractility — noun a) The condition of being able to contract or shrink (used especially of muscles) b) The extent to which something contracts or shrinks See Also: contractile …   Wiktionary

  • contractility — The ability or property of a substance, especially of muscle, of shortening, or becoming reduced in size, or developing increased tension. cardiac c. a measure of cardiac pump performance, the degree to which muscle fibers can shorten when… …   Medical dictionary

  • contractility — n. contractile quality, state of being contractile (Zoology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • contractility — con·trac·til·i·ty …   English syllables

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  • cardiac contractility — the intrinsic property, belonging to cardiac cells and tissues, of contraction in response to an appropriate stimulus. Cardiac contractility is variable and under the control of the autonomic nervous system and is also affected by other factors… …   Medical dictionary

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