follow Dictionary.com

Write a Super Short Story to win an iPod!

volvulus

[vol-vyuh-luh s] /ˈvɒl vyə ləs/
noun, plural volvuluses. Pathology
1.
a torsion, or twisting, of the intestine, causing intestinal obstruction.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to Latin volv(ere) to turn, twist + -ulus -ule
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for volvulus

volvulus

/ˈvɒlvjʊləs/
noun (pl) -luses
1.
(pathol) an abnormal twisting of the intestines causing obstruction
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin, from Latin volvere to twist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for volvulus
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
volvulus in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for volvulus

twisting of a portion of the digestive tract on its mesentery (the fold of membrane that attaches the intestine to the posterior abdominal wall), resulting in intestinal obstruction, severe pain, distension of the involved segment, and interference with circulation to the affected area. Volvulus may be congenital or acquired; the areas most frequently affected are the sigmoid colon, the ileocecal region, and the stomach. Treatment of severe volvulus is usually surgical; removal of part of the organ may be necessary to prevent recurrence

Learn more about volvulus with a free trial on Britannica.com
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for volvulus

14
20
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for volvulus