capable of being drawn back or in, as the head of a tortoise; exhibiting the power of retraction.
capable of being drawn in: the retractile claws of a cat
retractile re·trac·tile (rĭ-trāk’tĭl, -tīl’)
That can be drawn back or in, as the claws of a cat.
noun 1. the act of retracting or the state of being retracted. 2. withdrawal of a promise, statement, opinion, etc.: His retraction of the libel came too late. 3. retractile power. noun 1. the act of retracting or state of being retracted 2. the withdrawal of a statement, charge, etc retraction re·trac·tion (rĭ-trāk’shən) n. The […]
- Retraction nystagmus
retraction nystagmus n. An irregular jerky nystagmus, either horizontal, vertical, or rotatory, with drawing of the eye backward into the orbit when an attempt is made to look one way or the other.
adjective 1. tending or serving to retract.
noun 1. a person or thing that retracts. 2. Anatomy. a muscle that retracts an organ or protruded part. 3. Surgery. an instrument or appliance for drawing back an impeding part, as the edge of an incision. 4. a mechanism, device, or the like that regulates retraction: to adjust the retractor on a seat belt. […]