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torso

[tawr-soh]
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noun, plural tor·sos, tor·si [tawr-see] /ˈtɔr si/.
  1. the trunk of the human body.
  2. a sculptured form representing the trunk of a nude female or male figure.
  3. something mutilated or incomplete.

Origin of torso

1715–25; < Italian: stalk, trunk of statue < Latin thyrsus < Greek thýrsos wand, stem
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British Dictionary definitions for torso

torso

noun plural -sos or -si (-sɪ)
  1. the trunk of the human body
  2. a statue of a nude human trunk, esp without the head or limbs
  3. something regarded as incomplete or truncated

Word Origin

C18: from Italian: stalk, stump, from Latin: thyrsus
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Word Origin and History for torso

n.

1797, from Italian torso "trunk of a statue," originally "stalk, stump," from Vulgar Latin *tursus, from Latin thyrsus "stalk, stem," from Greek thyrsos (see thyrsus).

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torso in Medicine

torso

(tôrsō)
n. pl. tor•sos
  1. The human body excluding the head and limbs; trunk.
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