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intussusception

[ in-tuhs-suh-sep-shuhn ]

noun

  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.


intussusception

/ ˌɪntəssəˈsɛpʃən /

noun

  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 wall Compare apposition


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Word History and Origins

Origin of intussusception1

1700–10; < Latin intus within + susceptiōn- (stem of susceptiō ) an undertaking, equivalent to suscept ( us ), past participle of suscipere ( susceptible ) + -iōn- -ion

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Word History and Origins

Origin of intussusception1

C18: from Latin intus within + susceptiō a taking up

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Example Sentences

Stools composed almost wholly of mucus and streaked with blood are the rule in dysentery, ileocolitis, and intussusception.

Moreover, the difference is not absolute; there are intermediary stages between apposition and intussusception.

A colloid globule suspended in a salt solution in which it is not dissolved may grow by intussusception.

Its universal disintegration and waste by oxidation; and its concomitant reintegration by the intussusception of new matter.

A simple aperient of linseed oil may be given in cases of stricture or intussusception of the bowels.

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