Definition of volvulus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvälvyələs/

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

An obstruction caused by twisting of the stomach or intestine.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: vol·vu·lus

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