intussusception


in·tus·sus·cep·tion

noun \-ˈsep-shən\

Definition of INTUSSUSCEPTION

:  a drawing in of something from without: as
a :  invagination; especially :  the slipping of a length of intestine into an adjacent portion usually producing obstruction
b :  the assimilation of new material and its dispersal among preexistent matter
in·tus·sus·cep·tive \-ˈsep-tiv\ adjective

Origin of INTUSSUSCEPTION

Latin intus within + susception-, susceptio action of undertaking, from suscipere to take up — more at susceptible
First Known Use: 1707

in·tus·sus·cep·tion

noun \-ˈsep-shən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INTUSSUSCEPTION

1
: invagination; especially : the slipping of a length of intestine into an adjacent portion usually producing obstruction
2
: the deposition of new particles of formative material among those already embodied in a tissue or structure (as in the growth of living organisms)—compare accretion, apposition 1
in·tus·sus·cep·tive \-ˈsep-tiv\ adjective

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