[ tawr-choo-os-i-tee ]
/ ˌtɔr tʃuˈɒs ɪ ti /
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noun, plural tor·tu·os·i·ties.

the state of being tortuous; twisted form or course; crookedness.
a twist, bend, or crook.
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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British Dictionary definitions for tortuosity

/ (ˌtɔːtjʊˈɒsɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the state or quality of being tortuous
a twist, turn, or coil
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Medical definitions for tortuosity

[ tôr′chōō-ŏsĭ-tē ]


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