involution

noun
in·​vo·​lu·​tion | \ ˌin-və-ˈlü-shən How to pronounce involution (audio) \

Definition of involution

1a(1) : the act or an instance of enfolding or entangling : involvement
(2) : an involved grammatical construction usually characterized by the insertion of clauses between the subject and predicate
3a : an inward curvature or penetration
b : the formation of a gastrula by ingrowth of cells formed at the dorsal lip
4 : a shrinking or return to a former size
5 : the regressive alterations of a body or its parts characteristic of the aging process skeletal involution due to loss of estrogens at menopause

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Other Words from involution

involutional \ ˌin-​və-​ˈlü-​shnəl How to pronounce involutional (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of involution in a Sentence

the involution of the thriller's plot made it hard to follow
Recent Examples on the Web Notice that this is an involution as = ∂. In addition, the only self-conjugate itinerary is a string of O’s. Nicholas Diaco, Scientific American, "Privacy and Counterfeit Coins," 20 Mar. 2018 The entire process is known as involution of the uterus. Jennifer Hansen, WIRED, "My Incredible Shrinking Uterus," 6 Oct. 2010

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First Known Use of involution

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for involution

Latin involution-, involutio, from involvere

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The first known use of involution was circa 1611

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“Involution.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/involution. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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involution

noun
in·​vo·​lu·​tion | \ ˌin-və-ˈlü-shən How to pronounce involution (audio) \

Medical Definition of involution

1a : an inward curvature or penetration
b : the formation of a gastrula by ingrowth of cells formed at the dorsal lip
2 : a shrinking or return to a former size involution of the uterus after pregnancy
3 : the regressive alterations of a body or its parts characteristic of the aging process specifically : decline marked by a decrease of bodily vigor and in women by menopause

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