torsion


tor·sion

noun \ˈtr-shən\

: the twisting of something (such as a piece of metal)

Full Definition of TORSION

1
:  the twisting or wrenching of a body by the exertion of forces tending to turn one end or part about a longitudinal axis while the other is held fast or turned in the opposite direction; also :  the state of being twisted
2
:  the twisting of a bodily organ or part on its own axis
3
:  the reactive torque that an elastic solid exerts by reason of being under torsion
tor·sion·al \ˈtr-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
tor·sion·al·ly adverb

Origin of TORSION

Late Latin torsion-, torsio torment, alteration of Latin tortio, from torquēre to twist
First Known Use: 1543

Rhymes with TORSION

tor·sion

noun \ˈtr-shən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of TORSION

1
: the twisting of a bodily organ or part on its own axis <intestinal torsion>
2
: the twisting or wrenching of a body by the exertion of forces tending to turn one end or part about a longitudinal axis while the other is held fast or turned in the opposite direction; also : the state of being twisted
tor·sion·al \ˈtr-shnəl, -shən-əl\ adjective

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