[noun proh-laps, proh-laps; verb proh-laps]
- Pathology. a falling down of an organ or part, as the uterus, from its normal position.
- to fall or slip down or out of place.
Origin of prolapse
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Examples from the Web for prolapse
After operation the chief danger is prolapse of the iris into the wound.
Wounds at the edge of the cornea are often followed by prolapse of the iris.Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
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When these are used, the same plan as that mentioned in case of prolapse in children should be pursued.
The bowel should be searched for polypi or hemorrhoids, and the prolapse may be cured by the removal of the irritating cause.
Those who suffer from prolapse of piles should avoid the habitual use of cushioned seats.
- Also called: prolapsus (prəʊˈlæpsəs) the sinking or falling down of an organ or part, esp the wombCompare proptosis
- (of an organ, etc) to sink from its normal position
C17: from Latin prōlābi to slide along, from pro- 1 + lābī to slip
Word Origin and History for prolapse
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To fall or slip out of place, as of an organ or part.
- The falling down or slipping out of place of an organ or part, such as the uterus.
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