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1. to pull back quickly, such as towards a resting position upon removal of a strong opposing force.
2. (re´koil) a pulling back quickly.
elastic recoil the ability of a stretched elastic object or organ, such as the lung or bladder, to return to its resting position. See also elastance.
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recoil(rē′koil″, rĭ-koil′) [ME. recoilen]
The springing back of body tissues to their relaxed state after they have been squeezed or compressed.
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