convolution

[kon-vuh-loo-shuhn]
noun
  1. a rolled up or coiled condition.
  2. a rolling or coiling together.
  3. a turn of anything coiled; whorl.
  4. Anatomy. one of the sinuous folds or ridges of the surface of the brain.

Origin of convolution

1535–45; < Latin convolūt- (see convolute) + -ion
Related formscon·vo·lu·tion·al, con·vo·lu·tion·ar·y [kon-vuh-loo-shuh-ner-ee] /ˌkɒn vəˈlu ʃəˌnɛr i/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for convolutions

convolution

noun
  1. a twisting together; a turn, twist, or coil
  2. an intricate, involved, or confused matter or condition
  3. Also called: gyrus any of the numerous convex folds or ridges of the surface of the brain
Derived Formsconvolutional or convolutionary, adjective
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Word Origin and History for convolutions

convolution

n.

1540s, from Latin convolutus, past participle of convolvere "to roll together," from com- "together" (see com-) + volvere "to roll" (see volvox).

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convolutions in Medicine

convolution

[kŏn′və-lōōshən]
n.
  1. A form or part that is folded or coiled.
  2. One of the convex folds of the surface of the brain.
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