- 1Full of twists and turns: the route is remote and tortuousMore example sentences
- Varicose veins are tortuous, twisted, or lengthened veins.
- The Ryder Cup trail has often been tortuous, twisting and downright tedious, but the rewards to the Scottish economy are expected to be enormous.
- Eventually, after a particularly tortuous twist, the path opened out and they came to the Cave of the Prophet.
- 1.1Excessively lengthy and complex: a tortuous argumentMore example sentences
- Instead of destroying their sculptures, managers have to hand their work over to a different group to complete - a tortuous experience.
- But where does the inquiry go from here after the tortuous and lengthy taking of the evidence?
- The classification of tropical karst is highly complex, with a tortuous terminology derived from several languages.
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- The permeance is a composite quantity consisting of the diffusion coefficient, the partition coefficient, the membrane thickness, and the tortuosity of the diffusional path length.
- The tortuosity of the cytosol, due to the presence of t-tubules and mitochondria, will increase the effective distance Na has to travel from one compartment to the other and thus might reduce the apparent D Na.
- Thus the main diffusion hindrance for these molecules should be the tortuosity of the diffusion path.
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- The way that capitalism shifts money from place to place, account to account, in order to make it work for the investor often is tortuously complicated.
- The only way to reach it is by two-lane roads, most of which twist tortuously through the scenic coastal mountain range or along the rocky Pacific coast.
- The first sign of life is a tiny vehicle, winding its way tortuously along the thin white thread of a dirt road snaking through the rocky terrain.
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- A focal stenosis on a straight artery without proximal vessel tortuousness or involvement of major side branches is ideal for percutaneous intervention.
- Murrayfield's media centre, the usual home for the tautology and tortuousness of Scottish rugby-speak, was never like this.
- The tortuousness of the judiciary, however frustrating it is, does not mutate him from suspect to terrorist.
late Middle English: via Old French from Latin tortuosus, from tortus 'twisting, a twist', from Latin torquere 'to twist'.
The two words tortuous and torturous have different core meanings. Tortuous means ‘full of twists and turns’, as in a tortuous route . Torturous means ‘involving or causing torture’, as in a torturous five days of fitness training . In extended senses, however, tortuous is used to mean ‘excessively lengthy and complex’ and hence may become indistinguishable from torturous: something which is tortuous is often also torturous, as in a tortuous piece of bureaucratic language ; their way had been tortuous and very difficult . The overlap in sense has led to tortuous being sometimes used interchangeably with torturous, as in he would at last draw in a tortuous gasp of air .