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Definitions for contractility
ˌkɒn trækˈtɪl ɪ ticon·trac·til·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contractilitynoun

    the capability or quality of shrinking or contracting, especially by muscle fibers and even some other forms of living matter

Wiktionary

  1. contractilitynoun

    The condition of being able to contract or shrink (used especially of muscles)

  2. contractilitynoun

    The extent to which something contracts or shrinks

  3. contractilitynoun

    A term used in physiology to describe the performance of cardiac muscle

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contractilitynoun

    the quality or property by which bodies shrink or contract

  2. Contractilitynoun

    the power possessed by the fibers of living muscle of contracting or shortening

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  1. Contractility

    Myocardial contractility represents the intrinsic ability of the heart/myocardium to contract. Changes in the ability to produce force during contraction result from incremental degrees of binding between myosin and actin filaments. The degree of binding that occurs depends on concentration of calcium ions in the cell. Within an in vivo intact heart, it is generally the action/response of the sympathetic nervous system driven by precisely time released catecholamine that determines the concentration of calcium ions in the cytosol of cardiac muscle cells. All factors that cause an increase in contractility work by causing an increase in intracellular [Ca++] during contraction.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contractility in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contractility in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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