[ re-truh-vur-zhuh n, -shuh n ]
/ ˌrɛ trəˈvɜr ʒən, -ʃən /


a looking or turning back.
the resulting state or condition.
Pathology. a tilting or turning backward of an organ or part: retroversion of the uterus.

Nearby words

  1. retroussage,
  2. retrousse,
  3. retroussé,
  4. retroverse,
  5. retroversioflexion,
  6. retrovir,
  7. retroviridae,
  8. retrovirus,
  9. retrude,
  10. retrusion

Origin of retroversion

1580–90; < Latin retrōvers(us) bent backward (retrō- retro- + versus past participle of vertere to turn; see verse) + -ion

Related formsret·ro·verse [re-truh-vurs, re-truh-vurs] /ˈrɛ trəˌvɜrs, ˌrɛ trəˈvɜrs/, adjectiveret·ro·vert·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for retroversion


/ (ˌrɛtrəʊˈvɜːʃən) /


the act of turning or condition of being turned backwards
the condition of a part or organ, esp the uterus, that is turned or tilted backwards
Derived Formsretroverse, adjectiveretroverted, adjective

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Word Origin and History for retroversion



1580s, "a tilting or turning backward," noun of action or state from Latin retroversus "turned or bent backwards," from retro (see retro-) + versus "turned" (see versus).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for retroversion


[ rĕt′rō-vûrzhən ]


A turning or tilting backward, as of the uterus.
The state of being turned or tilted back.
A condition in which the teeth are located in a position posterior to normal.
Related formsret′ro•verted adj.

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