involution

[ in-vuh-loo-shuh n ]
/ ˌɪn vəˈlu ʃən /

noun

Origin of involution

First recorded in 1605–15, involution is from the Medieval Latin word involūtiōn- (stem of involūtiō). See involute, -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM involution

su·per·in·vo·lu·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for involution

involution
/ (ˌɪnvəˈluːʃən) /

noun

Derived forms of involution

involutional, adjective
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Medicine definitions for involution

involution
[ ĭn′və-lōōshən ]

n.

A decrease in size of an organ, as of the uterus following childbirth.
The ingrowth and curling inward of a group of cells, as in the formation of a gastrula from a blastula.
A progressive decline or degeneration of normal physiological functioning occurring as a result of the aging process.catagenesis

Other words from involution

in′vo•lution•al adj.
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Science definitions for involution

involution
[ ĭn′və-lōōshən ]

A mathematical operation, such as negation, which, when applied to itself, returns the original number.
The ingrowth and curling inward of a group of cells, as in the formation of a gastrula from a blastula.
A decrease in size of an organ, as of the uterus following childbirth.
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