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[noun proh-laps, proh-laps; verb proh-laps] /noun proʊˈlæps, ˈproʊ læps; verb proʊˈlæps/
Pathology. a falling down of an organ or part, as the uterus, from its normal position.
verb (used without object), prolapsed, prolapsing.
to fall or slip down or out of place.
Origin of prolapse
First recorded in 1555-65, prolapse is from the Late Latin word prōlāpsus a slipping forth. See pro-1, lapse Unabridged
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/ˈprəʊlæps; prəʊˈlæps/
Also called prolapsus (prəʊˈlæpsəs). the sinking or falling down of an organ or part, esp the womb Compare proptosis
verb (intransitive)
(of an organ, etc) to sink from its normal position
Word Origin
C17: from Latin prōlābi to slide along, from pro-1 + lābī to slip
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Word Origin and History for prolapse

1736, from Latin prolapsus, past participle of prolabi "glide fdorward, slide along, slip forward or down;" see pro- + lapse (n.). As a noun from 1808.

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prolapse in Medicine

prolapse pro·lapse (prō-lāps')
v. pro·lapsed, pro·laps·ing, pro·laps·es
To fall or slip out of place, as of an organ or part. n. or pro·lap·sus (prō-lāp'səs) (prō'lāps', prō-lāps')
The falling down or slipping out of place of an organ or part, such as the uterus.

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