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Pronunciation: tor'shun


  1. A twisting or rotation of a part on its long axis or on its mesentery; often associated with compromise of the blood supply.
  2. Twisting of the cut end of an artery to arrest hemorrhage.
  3. Rotation of the eye around its anteroposterior axis.

[L. torsio, fr. torqueo, to twist]

See Also: intorsion, extorsion, dextrotorsion, levotorsion

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