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[in-tuh s-suh-sep-shuh n]
  1. a taking within.
  2. Biology. growth of a cell wall by the deposition of new particles among the existing particles of the wall.Compare apposition(def 4).
  3. Also called invagination. Pathology. the slipping of one part within another, as of the intestine.
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Origin of intussusception

1700–10; < Latin intus within + susceptiōn- (stem of susceptiō) an undertaking, equivalent to suscept(us), past participle of suscipere (see susceptible) + -iōn- -ion
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  1. pathol invagination of a tubular organ or part, esp the telescoping of one section of the intestinal tract into a lower section, causing obstruction
  2. biology growth in the surface area of a cell by the deposition of new material between the existing components of the cell wallCompare apposition (def. 3)
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Word Origin for intussusception

C18: from Latin intus within + susceptiō a taking up
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Word Origin and History for intussusception


1707, literally "a taking in," from Latin intus "within" (see ento-) + susceptionem "a taking up" (see susceptible).

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intussusception in Medicine


  1. Invagination, especially an infolding of one part of the intestine into another.
  2. Assimilation of new substances into the existing components of living tissue.introsusception
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Related formsin′tus•sus•ceptive (-tĭv) adj.
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