[ noun proh-laps, proh-laps; verb proh-laps ]
/ noun proʊˈlæps, ˈproʊ læps; verb proʊˈlæps /


Pathology. a falling down of an organ or part, as the uterus, from its normal position.

verb (used without object), pro·lapsed, pro·laps·ing.

to fall or slip down or out of place.

Nearby words

  1. prolactoliberin,
  2. prolactostatin,
  3. prolamin,
  4. prolamine,
  5. prolan,
  6. prolapse of umbilical cord,
  7. prolapse of uterus,
  8. prolapsus,
  9. prolate,
  10. prolately

Origin of prolapse

First recorded in 1555–65, prolapse is from the Late Latin word prōlāpsus a slipping forth. See pro-1, lapse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prolapse


/ (ˈprəʊlæps, prəʊˈlæps) pathol /


Also called: prolapsus (prəʊˈlæpsəs) the sinking or falling down of an organ or part, esp the wombCompare proptosis

verb (intr)

(of an organ, etc) to sink from its normal position

Word Origin for prolapse

C17: from Latin prōlābi to slide along, from pro- 1 + lābī to slip

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Word Origin and History for prolapse



1736, from Latin prolapsus, past participle of prolabi "glide fdorward, slide along, slip forward or down;" see pro- + lapse (n.). As a noun from 1808.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for prolapse


[ prō-lăps ]


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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