Definition of volvulus
: a twisting of the intestine upon itself that causes obstruction
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A number of other conditions can cause a large build-up of poop in the colon in adults, including problems with the movements of the colon, blockages and twists in the intestine called volvulus.
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Origin and Etymology of volvulus
New Latin, from Latin volvere
First Known Use: 1679See Words from the same year
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