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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 con·trac·tile /kənˈtræktḷ, ˌtaɪl/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 con·trac·tile /kənˈtræktḷ, ˌtaɪl/ 形容詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·tract·ile a.  tending to contract; having the power or property of contracting, or of shrinking into shorter or smaller dimensions; as, the contractile tissues.
    The heart's contractile force.   --H. Brooke.
    Each cilium seems to be composed of contractile substance.   --Hixley.
 Contractile vacuole Zool., a pulsating cavity in the interior of a protozoan, supposed to be excretory in function. There may be one, two, or more.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : capable of contracting or being contracted; "the contractile
            wings of an insect"