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 In some people, problems can lead to pelvic organ prolapse, which is when your organs drop out of their normal position because the pelvic floor can no longer support them. Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2021 Sometimes, splinting is needed in cases of pelvic organ prolapse. Colleen Murphy, Health.com, 19 Feb. 2021 Act funnels $20 million via the National Institutes of Health into researching conditions like mitral valve prolapse, a condition affecting around 2% of the population, including Carol Barr. Evie Fordham, Fox News, 15 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 17 Apr. 2020 Inside the barns, investigators documented months-old piglets suffering bloody rectal prolapses and intense overcrowding. Washington Post, 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, 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, 17 Oct. 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, 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, 14 Oct. 2019 Women can also have pelvic organ prolapsed that prevents complete bladder emptying. Christina Oehler, Health.com, 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, PEOPLE.com, 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

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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 4 Dec. 2021.

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prolapse

noun

English Language Learners Definition of prolapse

: 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

prolapse

intransitive verb
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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