vol·​vu·​lus | \ ˈväl-vyə-ləs How to pronounce volvulus (audio) , ˈvȯl- \

Definition of volvulus

: a twisting of the intestine upon itself that causes obstruction

Examples of volvulus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It is transmitted to humans from blackflies carrying the parasitic worm Onchocerca volvulus and occurs predominantly in Africa. Jeffrey R. Aeschlimann, The Conversation, 14 Oct. 2021 Overdrinking or drinking too rapidly may cause bloat, a term used to describe gastric dilatation-volvulus. Bayliss Wagner, USA TODAY, 12 Aug. 2021 According to investigators, Morris was told Ramirez, who had cerebral palsy but was otherwise healthy, was prone to intestinal kinks known as volvulus. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, 11 Aug. 2021 The drug is typically used to treat diseases caused by parasite infections, including onchocerciasis or 'river blindness' from the nematode worm Onchocerca volvulus. Jv Chamary, Forbes, 23 June 2021 Poppy had gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV), more commonly known as bloat. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, 21 Mar. 2018 An enlarged stomach accompanied by drooling, panting and retching without bringing anything up is a sign of gastric dilatation volvulus, commonly known as bloat and often seen in deep-chested dogs. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, 8 Dec. 2017 The penetration of the wire resulted in volvulus, a rare condition that occurs when the intestine twists around and causes bowel obstruction. Katina Beniaris, Woman's Day, 18 Aug. 2017 The case study explains that the piece of wire had punctured her small bowel and caused volvulus, CNN notes. Ella Ceron, SELF, 9 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of volvulus

1679, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for volvulus

New Latin, from Latin volvere

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“Volvulus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volvulus. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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vol·​vu·​lus | \ ˈväl-vyə-ləs How to pronounce volvulus (audio) \

Medical Definition of volvulus

: a twisting of the intestine upon itself that causes obstruction — compare ileus

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