volvulus

noun
vol·vu·lus | \ˈväl-vyə-ləs, ˈvȯl-\

Definition of volvulus 

: a twisting of the intestine upon itself that causes obstruction

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Poppy had gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV), more commonly known as bloat. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, "Saved by junk food? That seems to be the case with bloated dog," 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, "What to know in case of pet trauma," 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, "10 Years After Removing Them, Doctors Found Pieces of Braces Attached to a Woman's Small Intestine," 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, "Doctors Removed a Metal Braces Wire That Was in a Woman’s Intestines for 10 Years," 9 Aug. 2017 The case study explains that the piece of wire had punctured her small bowel and caused volvulus, CNN notes. Ella Ceron, Teen Vogue, "Doctors Remove Braces Wire from Woman's Intestine 10 Years After Orthodontics Removal," 9 Aug. 2017 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. Sara G. Miller Staff Writer, Fox News, "Man's 29 lbs. of poop removed: What is Hirschsprung's disease?," 19 June 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

noun
vol·vu·lus | \ˈväl-vyə-ləs \

Medical Definition of volvulus 

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

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