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tortuous

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adjective tor·tu·ous \ˈtȯrch-wəs, ˈtȯr-chə-\

Simple Definition of tortuous

  • : having many twists and turns

  • : complicated, long, and confusing

Full Definition of tortuous

  1. 1 :  marked by repeated twists, bends, or turns :  winding <a tortuous path>

  2. 2a :  marked by devious or indirect tactics :  crooked, tricky <a tortuous conspiracy>b :  circuitous, involved <the tortuous jargon of legal forms>

tor·tu·ous·ly adverb
tor·tu·ous·ness noun

Examples of tortuous

  1. a tortuous path up the mountain

  2. <a tortuous mountain road marked by numerous hairpin turns>



Origin of tortuous

Middle English, from Middle French tortueux, from Latin tortuosus, from tortus twist, from torquēre to twist


First Known Use: 15th century


Medical Dictionary

tortuous

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adjective tor·tu·ous \ˈtȯrch-(ə-)wəs\

Medical Definition of tortuous

  1. :  marked by repeated twists, bends, or turns <a tortuous blood vessel>

  2. tor·tu·os·i·ty \ˈtȯr-chə-ˈwäs-ət-ē\play noun, plural tor·tu·os·i·ties
    tor·tu·rous·ly adverb





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