- a torsion, or twisting, of the intestine, causing intestinal obstruction.
Origin of volvulus
1670–80; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin volv(ere) to turn, twist + -ulus -ule
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If the cause of the obstruction is a volvulus, the bowel should be untwisted.
When the large intestine is involved, except in volvulus, the symptoms are generally chronic.
In volvulus involving the sigmoid flexure, when injury to the bowel is great, the symptoms are acute in the extreme.
Volvulus is generally preceded by a history of chronic constipation.
Volvulus, vol′vū-lus; n. occlusion of the intestine through twisting.
- pathol an abnormal twisting of the intestines causing obstruction
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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- Abnormal twisting of the intestine causing obstruction.
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