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Re*tract"or (?), n.

One who, or that which, retracts.

Specifically: (a)

In breech-loading firearms, a device for withdrawing a cartridge shell from the barrel

. (b) Surg.

An instrument for holding apart the edges of a wound during amputation

. (c) Surg.

A bandage to protect the soft parts from injury by the saw during amputation

. (d) Anat. & Zool.

A muscle serving to draw in any organ or part. See Illust. under Phylactolaemata.


© Webster 1913.

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