pro·​lapse | \prō-ˈlaps, ˈprō-ˌlaps \

Definition of prolapse 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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


pro·​lapse | \prō-ˈlaps \
prolapsed; prolapsing

Definition of prolapse (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to undergo prolapse

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Surgical mesh implants are typically used to treat conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence in women, according to the FDA. Marwa Eltagouri, ajc, "A doctor removed her ovaries because they were ‘in the way.’ She committed suicide," 30 May 2018 With vaginal deliveries, there is a real possibility not only of vaginal tearing, but pelvic floor problems that can manifest as urinary incontinence, anal sphincter injury and fecal incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse. Kavin Senapathy, SELF, "Giving Birth Made Me Question the Informed Consent Process During Childbirth," 14 May 2018 That same month, Australia's medical devices regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration, removed mesh products for prolapse. Marian Liu, CNN, "Australia investigates implants that left some women with 'rotting pelvises'," 28 Mar. 2018 Bø said there is strong evidence that training the pelvic girdle can help with urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "The enduring mystery of the postpartum pooch," 4 May 2018 About half of women between 50 and 79 may have prolapse, according to the American Urogynecologic Society. Marian Liu, CNN, "Australia investigates implants that left some women with 'rotting pelvises'," 28 Mar. 2018 The dog was lying in a pool of its own blood, suffering from a prolapse which left the dog's uterus exposed. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Reward offered after dog left chained and bleeding in bitter cold," 11 Jan. 2018 Compared to vaginal delivery, C-sections were associated with a significant reduction in the risk for urinary incontinence and for pelvic organ prolapse, a dangerous weakening of the muscles that hold pelvic organs in place. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Cesarean Delivery Can Pose Long-Term Risks to Mother and Child," 26 Jan. 2018 Vaginal-mesh products are intended to treat pelvic organ prolapse as well as urinary incontinence. Imani Moise, WSJ, "Endo Settles Most U.S. Claims on Mesh Products," 7 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The lack of core strength can also lead to prolapse issues later. Melissa Dahl, The Cut, "100 Women on the Wildest Ways Their Bodies Changed After Pregnancy," 30 May 2018 Victoria’s umbilical cord prolapsed and the baby was stillborn on Feb. 1, 2017. Char Adams,, "Mom Honors Stillborn Daughter with Glittering Maternity Shoot for Her Rainbow Baby," 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, "Hemorrhoids: Dangers, treatments and prevention," 4 July 2017

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First Known Use of prolapse


1676, in the meaning defined above


1698, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prolapse


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

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English Language Learners Definition of prolapse

medical : a condition in which an organ in your body moves down below its normal position


pro·​lapse | \prō-ˈlaps, ˈprō-ˌ \

Medical Definition of prolapse 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: the falling down or slipping of a body part from its usual position or relations prolapse of the uterus prolapse of an intervertebral disk

pro·​lapse | \prō-ˈlaps \
prolapsed; prolapsing

Medical Definition of prolapse (Entry 2 of 2)

: to undergo prolapse

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