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: the falling down or slipping of a body part from its usual position or relations


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pro·​lapse prō-ˈlaps How to pronounce prolapse (audio)
prolapsed; prolapsing

intransitive verb

: to undergo prolapse

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
According to the American Heart Association, mitral valve prolapse is a condition that affects the valve between the left heart chambers. Leah Vredenbregt, ABC News, 23 Feb. 2023 Martinez had an emergency C-section during her last pregnancy after her umbilical cord came out before her baby, a rare but dangerous condition known as an umbilical cord prolapse that can deprive a baby of vital blood flow and oxygen. Jocelyn Contreras, CNN, 18 Feb. 2023 In all, 28 birds were taken that night, Jennings told me, including two with missing appendages, one with balance problems, and another being watched for prolapse. Daniel Engber, The Atlantic, 5 Oct. 2022 And that's especially true for women with prolapse. Colleen Murphy,, 19 Feb. 2021 According to the mom of three, Phoenix's birth came after facing an umbilical cord prolapse, which caused an emergency delivery. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 26 Dec. 2022 Unfortunately, some doctors are not experts at making the diagnosis of mild prolapse by examination, so consultation with a gynecologist is ideal. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 8 Aug. 2022 Women who deliver vaginally are nine times more likely to have prolapse later in life. Marija Butkovic, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2022 Women with mild prolapse and no symptoms do not need treatment. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 8 Aug. 2022
Regular pelvic floor exercises, says Crouch, are a great way to fend off leaking and prolapse. Fiorella Valdesolo, Vogue, 19 Jan. 2022 About one in eight women has surgery to repair their pelvic organ prolapse during their lifetime, with a portion of those surgeries completed transvaginally using surgical mesh, according to the FDA. CBS News, 25 Sep. 2020 My 64-year-old patient ended up having a cystocele, otherwise known as a fallen or prolapsed bladder. Marcos Del Rosario-santiago,, 14 Oct. 2019 Women can also have pelvic organ prolapsed that prevents complete bladder emptying. Christina Oehler,, 31 July 2019 The lack of core strength can also lead to prolapse issues later. Melissa Dahl, The Cut, 30 May 2018 Victoria’s umbilical cord prolapsed and the baby was stillborn on Feb. 1, 2017. Char Adams,, 17 Apr. 2018 Sometimes, internal hemorrhoids can prolapse outside the anus, collecting minute particles of feces or other materials and leading to intense itching known as pruritus ani. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 4 July 2017 See More

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Word History



New Latin prolapsus, from Late Latin, fall, from Latin prolabi to fall or slide forward, from pro- forward + labi to slide — more at pro-, sleep

First Known Use


1676, in the meaning defined above


1698, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prolapse was in 1676

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Cite this Entry

“Prolapse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 noun
pro·​lapse prō-ˈlaps How to pronounce prolapse (audio) ˈprō-ˌ How to pronounce prolapse (audio)
: the falling down or slipping of a body part from its usual position or relations
prolapse of the uterus
prolapse of an intervertebral disc


2 of 2 intransitive verb
pro·​lapse prō-ˈlaps How to pronounce prolapse (audio)
prolapsed; prolapsing
: to undergo prolapse

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