[ UK /ɹɪtɹˈæktɐ/ ]
  1. surgical instrument that holds back the edges of a surgical incision
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How To Use retractor In A Sentence

  • Traces of the eyes, lips, retractor muscles or other head structures are not discernible.
  • Diane had the three-pronged retractor in his hand immediately; he slid it into the cut and it opened like a tripod, spreading the hole. DO NO HARM
  • Although all of the protractor and retractor muscles have roles in swing phase, most play little or no role in support phase when dogs trot at steady speed on the level.
  • It is tempting to hypothesize that because the limb girdles display positive allometry, the protractor and retractor muscles attached to them did as well.
  • The surgeon places two self-retaining retractors at right angles to one another to retract the longus colli muscles.
  • The string stretched across the stomach from the cardia to the pylorus, is fished out with the author's pillar retractor, or is found with the retrograde esophagoscope (Fig. 43). Bronchoscopy and Esophagoscopy A Manual of Peroral Endoscopy and Laryngeal Surgery
  • In large part, moving food along the alimentary tract is a matter of smooth muscle functioning, and Pavlov decided to investigate the byssus retractor, the smooth muscle that Mytilus edulis, the common mussel, uses to close its shell. MANUFACTURING DEPRESSION
  • In the overhead thrower, the shoulder external rotator muscles, scapular retractor muscles, and protractor and depressor muscles are frequently isolated because of weakness.
  • They also questioned the relationship between torsion and muscle scar position by noting that retractor muscles form after torsion on at least some gastropods.
  • Scaphopods burrow by projecting their foot into the substrate and contracting pedal retractor muscles to pull the animal downward.
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