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prolapse Syllabification: pro·lapse

Definition of prolapse in English:


Pronunciation: /prōˈlaps/
1A slipping forward or down of one of the parts or organs of the body: a rectal prolapse
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  • Videodefecography is specifically designed to evaluate evacuatory disorders such as rectal prolapse and rectocele.
  • Mechanical problems with colostomies include herniation, prolapse, and stenosis.
  • Other causes include rectal prolapse, diarrheal states, radiation injury to the rectum and overflow fecal incontinence secondary to impaction.
1.1A prolapsed part or organ, especially a uterus or rectum.


Pronunciation: /prōˈlaps/
[no object] (usually as adjective prolapsed) Back to top  
(Of a part or organ of the body) slip forward or down: a prolapsed uterus
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  • Haemorrhoids that remain prolapsed may develop thrombosis and gangrene.
  • The lesion moved with the pulmonary valve and prolapsed back and forth across the valve, suggesting a cardiac tumor.
  • Echocardiography revealed a thin, mobile mass at the level of the pulmonary valve that prolapsed through the valve during diastole.


Mid 18th century: from Latin prolaps- 'slipped forward', from the verb prolabi, from pro- 'forward, down' + labi 'to slip'.

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