flex·​ure | \ ˈflek-shər How to pronounce flexure (audio) \

Definition of flexure

1 : the quality or state of being flexed : flexion
2 : turn, bend, fold

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Recent Examples on the Web Processes such as hydrofracture and flexure remain understudied, and ice-sheet models do not yet include realistic treatment of these processes. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 July 2021

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First Known Use of flexure

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for flexure

borrowed from Latin flexūra "act of bending, bend, curve," from flexus (past participle of flectere "to cause to move in a different direction, bend, curve," of uncertain origin) + -ūra -ure

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“Flexure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flexure. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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flex·​ure | \ ˈflek-shər How to pronounce flexure (audio) \

Medical Definition of flexure

1 : the quality or state of being flexed : flexion
2 : an anatomical turn, bend, or fold especially : one of three sharp bends of the anterior part of the primary axis of the vertebrate embryo that serve to establish the relationship of the parts of the developing brain — see cephalic flexure, cervical flexure, hepatic flexure, pontine flexure, sigmoid flexure, splenic flexure

Other Words from flexure

flexural \ -​shər-​əl How to pronounce flexure (audio) \ adjective

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