circumvolution

noun
cir·​cum·​vo·​lu·​tion | \ sər-ˌkəm-və-ˈlü-shən How to pronounce circumvolution (audio) , ˌsər-kəm-vō- \

Definition of circumvolution

: an act or instance of turning around an axis

First Known Use of circumvolution

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for circumvolution

Middle English cyrcumvolucyoun, borrowed from Medieval Latin circumvolūtiōn-, circumvolūtiō "rotation, revolution," from Latin circumvolū-, variant stem of circumvolvere "to cause to revolve, twine or coil round," from circum- circum- + volvere "to set in a circular course, cause to roll" — more at wallow entry 1

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“Circumvolution.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/circumvolution. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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