cir·​cum·​vo·​lu·​tion sər-ˌkəm-və-ˈlü-shən How to pronounce circumvolution (audio)
: an act or instance of turning around an axis

Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of circumvolution was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Circumvolution.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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