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sigmoid

[sig-moid]
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adjective
  1. shaped like the letter C.
  2. shaped like the letter S.
  3. of, relating to, or situated near the sigmoid flexure of the large intestine.
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Sometimes sig·moi·dal [sig-moi-dl] /sɪgˈmɔɪ dl/.

Origin of sigmoid

First recorded in 1660–70, sigmoid is from the Greek word sigmoeidḗs shaped like a sigma. See sigma, -oid
Related formssig·moi·dal·ly, adverbpost·sig·moid, adjectivepost·sig·moi·dal, adjective
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sigmoid

adjective Also: sigmoidal
  1. shaped like the letter S
  2. of or relating to the sigmoid colon of the large intestine
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noun
  1. See sigmoid colon
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Word Origin

C17: from Greek sigmoeidēs sigma-shaped
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Word Origin and History for sigmoid

adj.

"shaped like a C" (1660s) or "shaped like an S" (1786), from sigma (q.v.) + -oid. Especially of the flexure of the colon (1891).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

sigmoid in Medicine

sigmoid

(sĭgmoid′)
adj.
  1. Having the shape of the letter S.
  2. Of or relating to the sigmoid flexure of the colon.
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