from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Abnormal twisting of the intestine causing obstruction.

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  • n. Obstruction of the bowel in which a loop of bowel has abnormally twisted on itself.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

New Latin, from Latin volvere, to turn; see volvox.


  • After the surgeon found Chase's intestines were full of dying tissue, due to a disease called volvulus, his parents were told he might survive with an intestinal transplant. Stories

  • •The five breeds with the highest relative proportion of death from gastrointestinal causes including parvovirus and gastric dilation and volvulus syndrome — known as bloat were Great Dane, Gordon setter, Akita, Shar-pei and Weimeraner.

    Diseases that kill dogs tend to affect specific breeds

  • There are a number of dramatic scenes on operating tables in Cutting for Stone: the twins 'births, Thomas Stone amputating his own finger, Ghosh untwisting Colonel Mebratu's volvulus, the liver transplant, etc.

    Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese: Questions

  • River blindness: A disease caused by Onchocerca volvulus, a parasitic nematode.

    Parasite Rex

  • The filarial worms have essentially the same life cycle as O. volvulus, and the same susceptibility to ivermectin.

    Parasite Rex

  • Parasitologists have discovered that ivermectin actually works effectively against many other parasites, including O. volvulus.

    Parasite Rex

  • Called Onchocerca volvulus, these animals, male and female, spend their ten-year-long lives in these nodules, making thousands of babies.

    Parasite Rex

  • Like guinea worms, O. volvulus has no vaccine, but it does have a partial cure.

    Parasite Rex

  • One is Onchocerca volvulus, the worm that travels in black flies and causes river blindness.

    Parasite Rex

  • Of about 18 million people infected with the larvae of the Onchocerca volvulus worm, more than 750,000 victims had gone blind or lost some of their vision.

    Jimmy Carter


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