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Origin of spiral

1545–55; <Medieval Latin spīrālis, equivalent to Latin spīr(a) coil (<Greek speîra anything coiled, wreathed, or twisted; see spire2) + -ālis-al1

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British Dictionary definitions for spiral

spiral
/ (ˈspaɪərəl) /

noun
adjective
having the shape of a spiral
verb -rals, -ralling or -ralled or US -rals, -raling or -raled
to assume or cause to assume a spiral course or shape
(intr) to increase or decrease with steady accelerationwages and prices continue to spiral

Derived forms of spiral

spirally, adverb

Word Origin for spiral

C16: via French from Medieval Latin spīrālis, from Latin spīra a coil; see spire ²
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Medical definitions for spiral

spiral
[ spīrəl ]

adj.
Coiling or developing around an axis in a constantly changing series of planes; helical.
n.
A structure in the shape of a coil.
v.
To take the form or course of a spiral.
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