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[vol-vyuh-luh s] /ˈvɒl vyə ləs/
noun, plural volvuluses. Pathology
a torsion, or twisting, of the intestine, causing intestinal obstruction.
Origin of volvulus
1670-80; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin volv(ere) to turn, twist + -ulus -ule Unabridged
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noun (pl) -luses
(pathol) an abnormal twisting of the intestines causing obstruction
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin, from Latin volvere to twist
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Word Origin and History for volvulus

1670s, medical Latin, from Latin volvere "to turn, twist" (see volvox).

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volvulus in Medicine

volvulus vol·vu·lus (vŏl'vyə-ləs)
Abnormal twisting of the intestine causing obstruction.

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