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

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 For others, surgery might be necessary to correct issues like pelvic floor organ prolapse. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "What to Know About Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Your Pelvic Floor," 10 May 2019 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 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 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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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prolapse

noun

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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