intussusception

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intussusception

[in-tuhs-suh-sep-shuhn]
noun
1.
a taking within.
2.
Biology. growth of a cell wall by the deposition of new particles among the existing particles of the wall. Compare apposition ( def 4 ).
3.
Also called invagination. Pathology. the slipping of one part within another, as of the intestine.

Origin:
1700–10; < Latin intus within + susceptiōn- (stem of susceptiō) an undertaking, equivalent to suscept(us), past participle of suscipere (see susceptible) + -iōn- -ion

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intussusception (ˌɪntəssəˈsɛpʃən)
 
n
1.  pathol invagination of a tubular organ or part, esp the telescoping of one section of the intestinal tract into a lower section, causing obstruction
2.  biology Compare apposition growth in the surface area of a cell by the deposition of new material between the existing components of the cell wall
 
[C18: from Latin intus within + susceptiō a taking up]

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intussusception in·tus·sus·cep·tion (ĭn'tə-sə-sěp'shən)
n.

  1. Invagination, especially an infolding of one part of the intestine into another.

  2. Assimilation of new substances into the existing components of living tissue. Also called introsusception.


in'tus·sus·cep'tive (-tĭv) adj.
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intussusception

telescoping of a segment of the intestine into an adjacent segment, producing a mechanical obstruction of the alimentary canal. Primary intussusception is sometimes congenital and rarely appears later than the third year of life; it arises in the course of intestinal development, but the mechanism producing it is unknown.

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