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protract

(prō-trăkt′, prə-)
tr.v. pro·tracted, pro·tracting, pro·tracts
1. To draw out or lengthen in time; prolong: disputants who needlessly protracted the negotiations.
2. Mathematics To draw to scale by means of a scale and protractor; plot.
3. Anatomy To extend or protrude (a body part).

pro·tract′ed·ly (-trăk′tĭd-lē) adv.
pro·tract′ed·ness n.
pro·trac′tive adj.
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protract

(prō-trakt′) [L. protrahere, to draw out, prolong]
To extend or lengthen in time or space.
2. In anatomy, to extend or protrude forward and outward.
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