retractor

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

retract +‎ -or

Noun[edit]

retractor (plural retractors)

  1. One who, or that which, retracts.
  2. In breech-loading firearms, a device for withdrawing a cartridge shell from the barrel.
  3. A surgical instrument used to hold apart the edges of an incision or wound.
  4. (chess) A chess puzzle in which a number of moves are retracted and the solver is challenged to reach an alternate outcome.

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

rētractor

  1. first-person singular present passive indicative of rētractō