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involution

[in-vuh-loo-shuh n]
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noun
  1. an act or instance of involving or entangling; involvement.
  2. the state of being involved.
  3. something complicated.
  4. Botany, Zoology.
    1. a rolling up or folding in upon itself.
    2. a part so formed.
  5. Biology. retrograde development; degeneration.
  6. Physiology. the regressive changes in the body occurring with old age.
  7. Grammar. a complex construction in which the subject is separated from its predicate by intervening clauses or phrases.
  8. Mathematics. a function that is its own inverse.
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Origin of involution

First recorded in 1605–15, involution is from the Medieval Latin word involūtiōn- (stem of involūtiō). See involute, -ion
Related formssu·per·in·vo·lu·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for superinvolution

involution

noun
  1. the act of involving or complicating or the state of being involved or complicated
  2. something involved or complicated
  3. zoology degeneration or structural deformation
  4. biology an involute formation or structure
  5. physiol reduction in size of an organ or part, as of the uterus following childbirth or as a result of ageing
  6. an algebraic operation in which a number, variable, expression etc, is raised to a specified powerCompare evolution (def. 5)
  7. grammar an involved construction, such as one in which the subject is separated from the predicate by an additional clause
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Derived Formsinvolutional, adjective
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Word Origin and History for superinvolution

involution

n.

late 14c., from Latin involutionem (nominative involutio) "a rolling up," noun of action from past participle stem of involvere (see involve). Related: Involutional.

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superinvolution in Medicine

superinvolution

(sōō′pər-ĭn′və-lōōshən)
n.
  1. A reduction in the size of the uterus after childbirth to below its normal size.hyperinvolution
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involution

(ĭn′və-lōōshən)
n.
  1. A decrease in size of an organ, as of the uterus following childbirth.
  2. The ingrowth and curling inward of a group of cells, as in the formation of a gastrula from a blastula.
  3. A progressive decline or degeneration of normal physiological functioning occurring as a result of the aging process.catagenesis
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Related formsin′vo•lution•al adj.
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superinvolution in Science

involution

[ĭn′və-lōōshən]
  1. A mathematical operation, such as negation, which, when applied to itself, returns the original number.
  2. The ingrowth and curling inward of a group of cells, as in the formation of a gastrula from a blastula.
  3. A decrease in size of an organ, as of the uterus following childbirth.
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