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Definition of the noun contractility

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noun - plural: contractilities

  1. the capability or quality of shrinking or contracting, especially by muscle fibers and even some other forms of living matter
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: ability = the quality of being able to perform
    • more specific words: astringency / stypsis = the ability to contract or draw together soft body tissues to check blood flow or restrict secretion of fluids

Alternative definition of the noun contractility


  1. The condition of being able to contract or shrink (used especially of muscles)
  2. The extent to which something contracts or shrinks
  3. A term used in physiology to describe the performance of cardiac muscle

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Google previewMedical Physiology E-Book (2016)

by Walter F. Boron, Emile L. Boulpaep

Contractility is an intrinsic measure of cardiac performance Now that we know that the performance of the heart depends on such factors as degree...

Contractility is a somewhat vague but clinically useful term that distinguishes a better-performing...

Google previewAcute Exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (2003)

by Nikos Siafakas, Nicholas R. Anthonisen, Dimitris Georgopoulos

Contractility is a measure of the ability of cardiac muscle to perform stroke work. ... First, the large variability in preload and afterload in this group of patients and second, contractility is the best predictor of the ability of the right ventricle to ...

Google previewCongestive Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation (2017)

Clinical, Pathology, Imaging and Molecular Profiles by Daniel J. Garry, Robert F. Wilson, Zeev Vlodaver

Note the Frank–Starling curve in the failing heart with decreased stroke volume at any LVEDP contractility is the heart's ejection and/or pressure development when the preload (venous return—EDV) and afterload (arterial pressure) are held ...

Google previewAnalytical and Quantitative Cardiology (2012)

by S. Sideman, Rafael Beyar

Beyar: Contractility is an input into the model. Contractility means the ability to generate force in the fibers. If you increase the force in the fibers and you have a curved sphere, both the pressure in the cavity and the pressure in the ...

Google previewThe Science and Art of Obstetrics (1886)

by Theophilus Parvin

While contractility is a force manifested intermittently, retractility is constant in its action, and permanent. It restores the form of the uterus, temporarily lost by foetal movements, or by changes of the mother's position ; it keeps the uterine walls ...

Google previewACLS Study Guide (2012)

by Barbara J Aehlert

Contractility is the ability of myocardial cells to shorten, thereby causing cardiac muscle contraction, in response to electrical stimulus. The heart normally contracts in response to an impulse that begins in the SA node. The strength of the ...

Google previewCritical Care and Emergency Nursing (2009)

by Lori Schumacher, Cynthia C. Chernecky

Contractility is the degree of ventricular stretch. Preload is the volume in the left ventricle at the end of diastole. Afterload is the resistance against which the left ventricle has to work. CO is the amount of blood ejected from the ...

Google previewSaunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-PN® Examination (2012)

by Linda Anne Silvestri

L/min; cardiac output 1⁄4 stroke volume  heart rate contractility Refers to the inherent ability of the myocardium to alter contractile force and velocity; sympathetic stimulation increases myocardial contractility, thus increasing stroke volume; ...

Google previewManual of Cardiac Surgery (2012)

by Bradley Harlan, A. Starr, F.M. Harwin

Myocardial contractility is the velocity, force, and extent of myocardial fiber shortening. Both preload and afterload affect myocardial contractility, making it difficult to determine accurately the contractile state of the intact human heart, even with ...

Google previewPDQ Physiology (2002)

by Uwe Ackermann

Contractility: Contractility refers to any factor influencing myocardial performance when preload and afterload are not changed. In the whole heart, increased contractility is associated with increased rate of isovolumetric pressure rise, more ...

Google previewACCCN's Critical Care Nursing (2011)

by Doug Elliott, Leanne Aitken, Wendy Chaboyer

Contractility is the force of ventricular ejection, or the inherent ability of the ventricle to perform external work, AP of a ventricular myocardial cell ECG Repolarisation E l. PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF CRITICAL CARE 186.

Google previewEdhf 2002 (2005)

by Paul M. Vanhoutte

INTRODUCTION The integrity of the mechanisms regulating coronary vascular tone and myocardial contractility is a main condition which determines the survival rate during severe acute hemorrhage (Golden and Jane, 1970). However, after ...

Google previewClinical Pharmacology (2007)

With STUDENTCONSULT Access by Peter N. Bennett, Morris J. Brown

Contractility refers to the capacity of the myocardium to generate the force necessary to respond to preload and to overcome ...

Google previewThe Arterial System in Hypertension (2012)

by Michel Emile Safar, M.F. O'Rourke

Thus vascular contractility is the dynamic algebraic sum of these effects over time and as an adaptive response to changes in the environment and tissue oxygen consumption. In addition to the hormonal signals influencing the two pathways, ...

Google previewContemporary Geriatric Medicine (2012)

by Steven R. Gambert

The contractility refers to the state of health of the heart muscle and the rate at which the muscle fibers can shorten circumferentially around the bolus of blood within the ventricles. Any monitoring system designed to assess the state of the ...

Google previewMonitoring and Intervention for the Critically Ill Small Animal (2016)

The Rule of 20 by Rebecca Kirby, Andrew Linklater

Contractility is an inherent myocardial cellular property which, when combined with preload and afterload, influences the force and velocity with which the fundamental contractile unit within the myocardial cell (sarcomere) contracts.

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Eye (2010)

by Joseph Besharse, Reza Dana

Contractility. Inhibition. Muscle and nonmuscle cellular contraction is associated with Ca2+dependent activation...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Toxicology (2005)

by Bruce Anderson, Ann de Peyster, Shayne C. Gad, P.J. Bert Hakkinen, Michael Kamrin, Betty Locey, Harihara M. Mehendale, Carey Pope, Lee Shugart

Athigh doses,theantidepressant imipramine will depress contractility, lowerheart rate, and depress cardiac output. Cardiac arrestmay also occur.Someantibiotics, including gentamycinand neomycin, depress calcium ion uptakeand therefore ...

Google previewThe British encyclopedia, or, Dictionary of arts and sciences (1809)

by William Nicholson

Organic contractility is always and immediately connected with organic sensibility , for there is no intermediate function between these ; the organ itself is the point in which the sensation ends, and from which the principle of contraction begins.

Google previewTaber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (2017)

by Donald Venes

atrial muscle (contractility) ventricular muscle (contractility) intestine wall muscle (tone and motility) secretion rectal sphincter muscle kidney secretion ...

Google previewThe International Encyclopaedia of Surgery (1883)

A Systematic Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Surgery by John Ashhurst

The electric contractility returns pretty quic ly, and always before voluntary movements. The re-establishment of the functions takes place from the proximal towards the distal extremity of the affected members; the paralysis may continue for a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Cancer (2011)

by Manfred Schwab

EFIK Endogenous force (contractility) TMyosin activity <— Differentiation —> Tumor phenotype Tensional Homeostasis. Fig. 1 Key molecular pathways that mediate ...

Google previewBritish Encyclopedia (1821)

Or, Dictionary of Arts and Sciences, Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge by William Nicholson

Organic contractility is always and immediately connected with organic sensibility , for there is no intermediate function between these; the organ itself is the point in which the sensation ends, and from which the principle of contraction begins.

Google previewA Dictionary of Practical Medicine: Comprising General Pathology ... (1845)

that accumulations of this secretion, in either the gall-bladder or ducts, will arise from impaired contractility, or from mechanical obstructions at the outlets, or from the viscid or morbid state of the secretions itself ; (b) that the bile itself ...

Google previewAmerican edition of the British encyclopedia (1821)

or, Dictionary of Arts and sciences ; comprising an accurate and popular view of the present improved state of human knowledge by William Nicholson

Organic contractility is always and immediately connected with organic sensibility , for there is no intermediate function between these ; the organ itself is the point in which the sensation ends, and from which the principle of contraction begins.

Google previewLexicon Medicum: or, Medical Dictionary ... Fourth edition (1839)

by Robert HOOPER (M.D.), Klein Grant

F Animal contractility. Voluntary; con!ractilityqfrclation, &c. Excited by the will, and accompanied with consciousness. Subordinate to animal sensibility. Involuntary, and unnc_ companied with sensation; inflabilit'y. Corresponding to organic ...

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