[vol-vyuh-luh s]

noun, plural vol·vu·lus·es. Pathology.

a torsion, or twisting, of the intestine, causing intestinal obstruction.

Origin of volvulus

1670–80; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin volv(ere) to turn, twist + -ulus -ule
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noun plural -luses

pathol an abnormal twisting of the intestines causing obstruction

Word Origin for volvulus

C17: from New Latin, from Latin volvere to twist
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Word Origin and History for volvulus

1670s, medical Latin, from Latin volvere "to turn, twist" (see volvox).

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volvulus in Medicine




Abnormal twisting of the intestine causing obstruction.
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