con·​vo·​lute | \ ˈkän-və-ˌlüt How to pronounce convolute (audio) \
convoluted; convoluting

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Recent Examples on the Web What follows is a thorough examination of the video’s convoluted history that, for the first time, sheds light on exactly how the clip—which we were never meant to see—made its way into the mainstream. Tim Mcmillan, Popular Mechanics, "The Tale of the Tape," 17 Jan. 2020 The causes of this cost disparity are convoluted and various, Obermeyer said. Quinn Gawronski, NBC News, "Racial bias found in widely used health care algorithm," 6 Nov. 2019 The party’s position on the EU is convoluted, with a split between those who want to go through with Brexit and those who want a new referendum on whether to remain in the bloc. Danica Kirka, The Denver Post, "Brexit: U.K. lawmakers back December 12 election," 29 Oct. 2019 All of this is on fine display in this year’s installment, which pleasingly focuses more heavily on the stories at hand than the sometimes convoluted framing device of the storytellers’ personas. Matthew J. Palm,, "‘Phantasmagoria: Reckoning’: Things go bump in the night | Review," 20 Oct. 2019 And, controlling the matter is convoluted by the notion that little is known about the exact network of pirates who are believed to have been born out of local fisherman circles. Fox News, "Mexican pirates posing greater risk in Gulf of Mexico to oil workers, tourists," 1 Oct. 2019 The relationship was convoluted from the moment Ventura and Sangiovanni connected on social media. Vahe Gregorian And Maria Torres, kansascity, "Yordano Ventura’s final year filled with family turmoil, emotional distress," 6 July 2018 Party identification is slightly convoluted in the sheriff’s race, which is still partisan despite a change approved by voters in 2016 that would make the race nonpartisan. Steven Lemongello,, "Central Florida elections feature some high profile names," 22 June 2018 The system is further convoluted by increasingly common rebates that drug companies pay to PBMs. Washington Post, "The Health 202: Here's why it's a nightmare to lower U.S. drug prices," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of convolute

1698, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for convolute

Latin convolutus, past participle of convolvere

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30 Jan 2020

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“Convolute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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con·​vo·​lute | \ ˈkän-və-ˌlüt How to pronounce convolute (audio) \

Medical Definition of convolute

: rolled or wound together with one part upon another

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