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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.
1670-80; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin volv(ere) to turn, twist + -ulus -ule Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for volvulus


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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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

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