prolapse

1 of 2

noun

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

prolapse

2 of 2

verb

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

intransitive verb

: to undergo prolapse

Examples of prolapse in a Sentence

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Noun
Watch Mandel, his daughter, and Ray J discuss anal prolapse in the video above. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 5 June 2024 Over time, without treatment, rectal prolapse may also cause incontinence. Kathleen Felton, SELF, 9 May 2024 Another is transvaginal mesh, a plastic scaffold material used to correct pelvic organ prolapse. Catherine M. Klapperich, STAT, 12 Apr. 2024 Some women don’t notice any symptoms and the prolapse is discovered during their annual exam, Dmochowski said. Linda Carroll, NBC News, 9 Mar. 2024 Rachel shared that she has been diagnosed with a heart condition called mitral valve prolapse and will undergo surgery this month Rachel McCord, sister to 90210 actress AnnaLynne McCord, has revealed she has been diagnosed with a heart condition and will need to undergo surgery this month. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 7 Feb. 2024 In severe cases, mitral valve prolapse could lead to serious complications such as heart attack and stroke, according to the organization. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 7 Feb. 2024 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, the Chicago Tribune reported. Nicole Acosta, Peoplemag, 9 Jan. 2024 Some claimed that an episiotomy would prevent urinary incontinence and prolapse. Korin Miller, Health, 15 Sep. 2023
Verb
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, 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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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

1676, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1698, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 23 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

prolapse

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

prolapse

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

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