intussusception

noun
in·​tus·​sus·​cep·​tion | \ ˌin-tə-sə-ˈsep-shən How to pronounce intussusception (audio) \

Definition of intussusception

: a drawing in of something from without: such as
a : invagination especially : the slipping of a length of intestine into an adjacent portion usually producing obstruction
b : the assimilation of new material and its dispersal among preexistent matter

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intussusceptive \ ˌin-​tə-​sə-​ˈsep-​tiv How to pronounce intussusceptive (audio) \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web Some experts argued that the vaccine should still be marketed in the developing world, where the number of lives saved would far outstrip the cases of intussusception. Helen Branswell, STAT, "The vaccine dilemma: How experts weigh benefits for many against risks for a few," 23 Apr. 2018 A year later, Wyeth Laboratories withdrew it from the market after studies showed babies who got it were at greater risk of developing intussusception, a type of bowel blockage that can kill if it isn’t corrected in time. Helen Branswell, STAT, "The vaccine dilemma: How experts weigh benefits for many against risks for a few," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of intussusception

1707, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for intussusception

Latin intus within + susception-, susceptio action of undertaking, from suscipere to take up — more at susceptible

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“Intussusception.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intussusception. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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intussusception

noun
in·​tus·​sus·​cep·​tion | \ -ˈsep-shən How to pronounce intussusception (audio) \

Medical Definition of intussusception

1 : invagination especially : the slipping of a length of intestine into an adjacent portion usually producing obstruction
2 : the deposition of new particles of formative material among those already embodied in a tissue or structure (as in the growth of living organisms) — compare accretion, apposition sense 1

Other Words from intussusception

intussusceptive \ -​ˈsep-​tiv How to pronounce intussusceptive (audio) \ adjective

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