A muscle which holds a body part in place, notably in extended or retracted position
See Also: retention, retentive

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  • Retentor — Re*ten tor, n. [L., a retainer.] (Zo[ o]l.) A muscle which serves to retain an organ or part in place, esp. when retracted. See Illust. of {Phylactolemata}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • retentor — |ô| adj. s. m. Que ou aquele que retém …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • retentor — re·ten·tor …   English syllables

  • retentor — rə̇ˈtentə(r) noun ( s) Etymology: Latin, one that holds back, from retentus (past participle of retinēre to hold back, retain) + or : a muscle that serves to retain a part in place especially when retracted …   Useful english dictionary

  • rétenteur — rétenteur, trice [ retɑ̃tɶr, tris ] adj. • 1552; du lat. retentus, p. p. de retinere « retenir » ♦ Didact. Qui retient, qui exerce une action pour retenir. Muscle rétenteur. ● rétenteur nom masculin Personne qui exerce un droit de rétention.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • retention — noun a) The act of retaining or something retained b) The act or power of remembering things See Also: retentive, retentiveness, retentivity, retentor …   Wiktionary

  • retentivity — noun a) The ability to retain, potential for retention b) The capacity to retain magnetism after the magnetizing action Syn: retentiveness See Also …   Wiktionary

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