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noun, plural tor·tu·os·i·ties.
  1. the state of being tortuous; twisted form or course; crookedness.
  2. a twist, bend, or crook.
  3. a twisting or crooked part, passage, or thing.
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Origin of tortuosity

From the Late Latin word tortuōsitās, dating back to 1595–1605. See tortuous, -ity
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Historical Examples

  • There is no tortuosity of thought to pardon or to forget; it is one unbroken interwoven strain of music, of imagery, of sentiment.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 71, No. 437, March 1852


  • We had twenty miles to go, "as the birds fly," but the tortuosity of the channels rendered our course fully a third longer.

  • I allude to the enormous, almost preternatural magnitude of the wild-grape vine, and its tortuosity.

British Dictionary definitions for tortuosity


noun plural -ties
  1. the state or quality of being tortuous
  2. a twist, turn, or coil
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tortuosity in Medicine


  1. The quality or condition of being tortuous; twistedness or crookedness.
  2. A bent or twisted part, passage, or thing.
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