prolapse

noun
pro·​lapse | \ prō-ˈlaps How to pronounce prolapse (audio) , ˈprō-ˌlaps How to pronounce prolapse (audio) \

Definition of prolapse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

prolapse

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

Definition of prolapse (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to undergo prolapse

Examples of prolapse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Barr, 39, died of natural causes from a heart condition known as mitral valve prolapse, according to a preliminary autopsy report from the Fayette County Coroner's Office. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Details announced for Carol Leavell Barr's visitation, funeral in Lexington," 20 June 2020 Sensations like these could mean a pelvic organ prolapse, when an organ (uterus, bladder or urethra) shifts from its original position or presses against the vaginal wall. Anna Nowogrodzki, New York Times, "Postpartum Body Changes You Should Know About," 17 Apr. 2020 Inside the barns, investigators documented months-old piglets suffering bloody rectal prolapses and intense overcrowding. Washington Post, "Group’s video shows suffering at Iowa lawmaker’s pig farm," 24 Jan. 2020 According to a 2018 study published by the Israel Medical Association, pregnancy and childbirth can damage the pelvic floor causing incontinence (both kinds), chronic pain, and even organ prolapse. Gabrielle Canon, USA TODAY, "5 California bills likely to make waves this legislative session," 1 Feb. 2020 More than 2 million women implanted the medical devices commonly used to repair weak or damaged tissue and provide support in the event of a pelvic organ prolapse, or POP. CBS News, "Johnson & Johnson agrees to $117M settlement over pelvic mesh devices," 17 Oct. 2019 The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office announced the baby’s cause of death was lack of oxygen and blood to his brain and a prolapse of the umbilical cord and placenta due to a maternal assault and demise. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, "Chicago Mom and Daughter Charged with Murder After Baby Boy Ripped From Slain Woman's Womb Dies," 19 July 2019 The uterine prolapse is painful; an aching sensation, like a ball of descending pressure. The Economist, "For women, running is still an act of defiance," 28 June 2019 His death was ruled a homicide due to complications from a lack of oxygen and blood to his brain and a prolapse of the umbilical cord and placenta from maternal assault and demise, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Elvia Malagón, chicagotribune.com, "Inspection finds ‘deficiencies’ in patient rights at hospital that treated Marlen Ochoa-Lopez’s baby after he was cut from her womb," 18 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Company to pay $60 million for deceptive marketing with pelvic mesh," 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, chicagotribune.com, "Why some people have to ‘go’ several times at night," 14 Oct. 2019 Women can also have pelvic organ prolapsed that prevents complete bladder emptying. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "This Woman’s Excruciating Stomach Pain Was Actually a Grapefruit-Sized Bladder Stone," 31 July 2019 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, PEOPLE.com, "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

Noun

1676, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1698, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prolapse

Noun

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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The first known use of prolapse was in 1676

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“Prolapse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prolapse. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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prolapse

noun
How to pronounce prolapse (audio) How to pronounce prolapse (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of prolapse

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

prolapse

noun
pro·​lapse | \ prō-ˈlaps How to pronounce prolapse (audio) , ˈprō-ˌ How to pronounce prolapse (audio) \

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 How to pronounce prolapse (audio) \
prolapsed; prolapsing

Medical Definition of prolapse (Entry 2 of 2)

: to undergo prolapse

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