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Pronunciation: vol'vyu-lus

Definition: A twisting of the intestine or other structure such as in gastric volvulus causing obstruction; if left untreated may result in vascular compromise of the involved intestine or organ.

[L. volvo, to roll, L. volvaire,, to twist around]

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