Definition of volvulus in English:


Syllabification: vol·vu·lus
Pronunciation: /ˈvälvyələs, ˈvôl-

noun (plural volvuli /-ˌlī, -ˌlē/ or volvuluses)

  • An obstruction caused by twisting of the stomach or intestine.
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    • Complications can include volvulus, intestinal obstruction, infarction, perforation, and hemorrhage.
    • Postoperatively, the patient had a distal intestinal obstruction requiring reduction of a volvulus.
    • Causes of intestinal obstruction include volvulus, intussusception, incarcerated hernia, and postoperative adhesions.


late 17th century: modern or medieval Latin, from Latin volvere 'to roll'.

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